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Dolaeus upon the cure of the gout by milk diet: to which is prefixed an essay upon diet

STEPHENS, Willaim (Dolšus, Johann)

Published by J. Smith and W Bruce, London, 1732
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Woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. Contemporary polished calf, covers gilt-ruled, spine in compartments; small inconspicuous library stamp on verso of A2, otherwise an excellent copy with extremely clean interior. From the library of the British Whig politician William Lord Viscount Bateman (1695-1744), who was married to Lady Anne Spencer, daughter of Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and a direct relative of Princess Diana. First edition of this valuable translation, the only printing in English, of Dolšus' treatise on milk as a cure for gout, first printed in Amsterdam in 1705 (Tractatus novus . de furia podagrae lacte victa & mitigata). The first section contains a rather long, but outstanding essay by William Stephens; the second part is his translation of Dolšus' early work treating gout and the history of the various cures. According to Stephens, Dolšus' treatise lacks consistency in providing a firm structure of specific diet for those afflicted by the condition. Therefore, in his essay, Stephens advises and directs sufferers to adopt a strict diet, making sure to avoid substances that support the generation of "gouty humours in the body." Notwithstanding his very focused discussion of various types of foods, fats, oils, alcohol, and other substances to be utilized in efforts to return a body to health, Stephens, supporting Dolšus' position, has determined that "milk seems to be the best medium of diet."There are no shortages of articles detailing the benefits of treating gout with milk, as well as confirming that milk and other dairy products do not contribute to gout. Apparently this has been known for some time. "John Locke, the seventeenth century philosopher, Sir Alfred Garrod, the first person to realize that gout is usually caused by an excess of uric acid, and Dr. Alexander Haig, the British writer of best-selling books about uric acid at the end of the nineteenth century, have all said it -- milk is good for gout. So did the Canadian-born physician who has been described as the father of North American medicine, Sir William Osler, for many years a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. They were all exceptional people who knew gout well" (seešus (1651-1707) was a prodigious author of medical works, his most popular being the Encyclopaedia, medicinae theoretico-practicae (Frankfurt am Main, 1684; reprinted many times) where he adopted van Helmont's notion of the archeus and fevers. He also wrote a complete system of medicine which was used as a text by medical students for many years. William Stephens (d. 1760), a Governor of Dr. Steevens' Hospital, received his medical education at Leiden, where he had come under the influence of the renowned medical teacher Hermann Boerhaave who sponsored Stephens' MD thesis De elixir proprietatis in 1718. In the same year Stephens became a Fellow of the Royal Society; he would later serve as President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # 14954

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Title: Dolaeus upon the cure of the gout by milk ...

Publisher: J. Smith and W Bruce, London

Publication Date: 1732


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