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BAUNSCHEIDTISM; or, A NEW METHOD OF CURE; BEING AN EXPOSITION OF THE LAWS OF THERAPEUTICS AS DISCOVERED AND TAUGHT BY CHARLES [CARL] BAUNSCHEIDT, Compiled from the Tenth Greatly Enlarged and Improved Edition; Together with an Appendix: THE EYE, ITS DISEASES AND CURE THROUGH BAUNSCHEIDTISM, INTENDED FOR THE PRACTICAL USE OF ALL, WITH ILLUSTRATIVE WOOD CUTS.

Baunscheidt, Carl [1809-1873].

Published by John Linden, 1865
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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8vo. [3]ii-viii, a-g[1]9-304p. Translated from the German by Theophilus G. Clewell. Frontispiece engraving of Baunscheidt with tissue guard. Illustrated with wood cuts. Blue embossed cloth with gilt letters and decoration on the spine. Preface to the Ninth Edition, Preface of the Translator, and Preface to the Tenth Edition. Appendix: "The Eye, Its Diseases and Cure, Through Baunscheidtism, by Charles Baunscheidt, the Discoverer of the New System of Cure with Illustrative Wood-cuts" [pp. 235-298]. [Table of] Contents, pp. 299-304. Very minor wear to extremities, spine ends just barely starting to fray, cloth very lightly soiled, small spot on front cover, gilt slightly dulled, internally near fine with no foxing/ No dust jacket. The title page has "Charles Baunscheidt", but the name under the frontispiece is "Carl Baunscheidt" and OCLC lists the author as "Carl Baunscheidt." Carl Baunscheidt [1809-1873] was a German businessman who noticed that his rheumatic hand improved immediately after being bitten by gnats. He came to believe that it was the puncture wounds that allowed the body to heal itself. Baunscheidt invented the Lebenswecker ["life awakener" or Resuscitator] to make minute puncture wounds on the skin. The device consisted of a hollow cylinder of ebony or horn attached to a hollow wooden handle. Twenty two-inch needles were attached to a steel plate, which could be retracted and released through a spring mechanism. The needles perforated the skin to allow a pathogenetic substance to enter the body. He duplicated the gnat fluid as "oleum Baunscheidti", an oil applied with a feather to the skin perforated by the Resuscitator. Baunscheidt denied that his method was acupuncture in disguise. Baunscheidt resettled in the U.S.A. in the 1860s. [see James C. Whorton, "The Wholistic Health Explosion: Acupuncture" in his THE HISTORY OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IN AMERICA, Oxford, 2002]. Bookseller Inventory # 005487

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Title: BAUNSCHEIDTISM; or, A NEW METHOD OF CURE; ...

Publisher: John Linden

Publication Date: 1865

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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