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Professor Cullen's Treatise of the Materia Medica. With large additions, including many new articles, wholly omitted in the original work by Benjamin Smith Barton.

CULLEN, William (1710-1790) & Benjamin Smith BARTON.

Published by Edward Parker, 1812., Philadelphia:, 1812
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2 volumes. 8vo. xxiv, 319; [iv],424 pp. Index, marbled edges; pastedowns and free end-leaves foxed, light off-setting throughout. Original full tree calf, gilt-stamped spines and red leather spine labels; edges worn, hinges starting with Vol. I front joint cracked, Vol. I lacking spine label. Good. "Cullen was the most conspicuous figure in the history of the Edinburgh Medical School during the 18th century. He was an inspiring teacher and was instrumental in founding the Glasgow Medical School in 1744. His clinical lectures were notable as being the first given in the vernacular instead of Latin (Garrison & Morton 76 [entry for The Works]). "Cullen, in his work, did much to advance the standard of medicine by the establishment of a methodical nosology, or an arrangement of diseases, as he expressed it, 'according to their genera and species.' His work in the domain of medicine may be compared to that of his distinguished contemporary, Linnaeus, in systematizing the study of botany and perfecting the classification of plants. He taught that 'the prevention of diseases depended upon the knowledge of their remote causes,' and that 'the cure is chiefly and almost unavoidably founded in the knowledge of their proximate causes. This requires an acquaintance with the institutions of medicineâ"that is, the knowledge of the structure, action, and functions of the human body, of the several changes which it may undergo, and of the several powers by which it can be changed'" (Staples, p. 691). Garrison & Morton 1838 (1789 edition); Staples, Franklin. "Cullen: His Place in the History of the Progress of Medicine." New York Medical Journal. 65. (1897): 689-91. Bookseller Inventory # M12327

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Publication Date: 1812

Binding: Soft cover

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