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Trotter, Thomas.  A view of the nervous temperament; being a practical inquiry into the increasing prevalence, prevention, and treatment of those diseases commonly called nervous, bilious, stomach & liver complaints; indigestion; low spirits, gout, &c. Troy, NY: Wright, Goodenow, & Stockwell (colophon: Salem, NY: Pr. by J.P. Reynolds), 1808. 12mo (17.5 cm, 6.89"). 338, [2] pp.
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First American edition of this comprehensive overview of Georgian thought on physical, mental, environmental, and inherited causes of "nervous diseases," as well as their cures. Written by a Scottish naval surgeon (and poet), this influential treatise — first published in London in the previous year — addresses the interconnectivity of mind and body as well as questions of gender, class, and urbanization; it is => one of the earliest books on psychiatric concerns printed in the United States.
        Provenance: Title-page with affixed printed slip of Alfred Baylies (1787–1873) of Taunton, MA, an eminent physician after whom a local Masonic lodge was named; one text page with his now-faint inked ownership inscription. Most recently in the library of Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., one of the nation's leading forensic psychiatrists and a director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.

Shaw & Shoemaker 16348; Austin, Early American Medical Imprints, 1929. Contemporary mottled sheep, spine with gilt-stamped green leather title-label; spine and edges rubbed, front joint just starting from head with binding sturdy and holding well. Moderate foxing throughout. One leaf with a small hole, not touching text; one leaf with paper flaw running through text without affecting legibility. => A solid copy in its original binding, with nice provenance.  (41514)   Please RESHELVE This.


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