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Assalini, Paolo; Adam Neal, tr. Observations on the disease called the plague, on the dysentery, the ophthalmy of Egypt, and on the means of prevention. With some remarks on the yellow fever of Cadiz, and the description and plan of an hospital for the reception of patients affected with epidemic and contagious diseases. New York: Printed and sold by T. & F. Swords, 1806. 8vo (18 cm, 7"). xlvii, , 234 pp. $275.00
Assalini (1759–1840) was physician and surgeon to Prince Eugene of Bavaria and an inventor of various medical instruments. This sole American edition of his 1801 Observations sur la maladies appelée peste, le flux dissentérique, l'ophtalmie d'Égypte, et les moyens de s'en préserver. Avec des notions sur la fièvre jaune de Cadix, et les projet et plan d'un hôpital, pour . . . maladies épidémiques is taken from Neal's translation as printed in London in 1804. Added here (pp. [vii]–xliii) in the => "Introduction by the American Publishers" are extracts from S.L. Mitchill's letter of Sept. 10, 1806, to the Board of Health in New York, and his letter (undated) to Dr. Rodgers, the health officer in the port of New York, and "Concerning the Seasoning, or Yellow Fever" (pp. 211–34) extracted from George Pinckard's Notes on the West Indies, Written During the Expedition under the Command of the Late General Sir Ralph Abercromby (London, 1806).
As a work on the plague, its prevention and treatment; dysentery, yellow fever, and diseases of the conjunctiva this is a most important historical document. The volume ends with a list of "Medical books for sale by T. & J. Swords" (pp. [235–39]).
Shaw & Shoemaker 9862 & 11117; Austen 89; Sabin 2224. Contemporary acid-stained sheep; expertly and sympathetically rebacked, Early owner's signature on front free endpaper. Foxing, age-toning, offsetting both from binding and from print; small chip to one foremargin. A good copy. (39964) Please RESHELVE This.
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