Philadelphia, PA: Thomas Dobson, 1794. Various Editions. Leather Bindings. Very Good. Item #26881
Five volumes of Benjamin Rush' Inquiries, various printings and editions as below: Volume I. Second American Edition. Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson. 1794. 338 pages. Contents include "An Inquiry into the natural history of medicine among the Indians of North America, and a comparative view of their diseases and remedies with those of civilized nations."Vol. II. A New Edition. Philadelphia: Printed by Thomas Dobson. 1797. 322 + (2) pages of publisher's catalog at back. Including: "An inquiry into the influence of physical cause upon the moral faculty." Vol. III. The Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged by the Author. Philadelphia, Published by J. Conrad & Co…(et al) Printed by T. & G. Palmer. 1805. (4) + 443 pages. Including: "Outlines of a theory of fever An account of the bilious yellow fever, as it appeared in Philadelphia in 1793." Vol. IV. The Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged by the Author. Philadelphia, Published by J. Conrad & Co…(et al) Printed by T. & G. Palmer. 1805. iv + 405 + (1 blank) + (18) page Index & final page of publisher's announcements at back. Nearly the entire volume with researches and conclusions regarding yellow fever; the last chapter "An inquiry into the comparative states of medicine in Philadelphia, between the years 176 and 1766 and 1805." Vol. V. (Medical Inquires and Observations Upon The Diseases of the Mind) Fifth Edition. Philadelphia: Published by Grigg and Elliot. 1835. 365 + (3) pages of publisher's announcements at back. A thorough examination by Rush "…Of the Faculties and Operations of the Mind, and on the Proximate Cause of Intellectual Derangement…" including hypochondrias, various manias, dementia, dissociation and various derangements; this is the work that earned Rush the title of "father of American psychiatric medicine."Benjamin Rush (1746-1813) American physician, professor of chemistry and of medicine, social reformer and signer of the Declaration of Independence; "…Writing prolifically over nearly half a century, Rush was the first American physician to become widely known at home and abroad… moved medicine toward diagnoses and treatment regimens that were more comprehensible and manageable. He also encouraged the use of hypotheses in medicine…Rush's stature elevated the study of medicine in the United States. His position as educator gave him far-reaching influence in the American medical profession…" (Robert B. Sullivan in the ANB) Volumes I & II also with the oval blindstamp on the (blank) reverse of the title pages of "Dr. C.C. Schieferdecker's Watercure Baltimore." and the previous owner signature of Peter M. Hardaway Phil. on the title pages. All of the volumes' back blank endpapers with the circular blindstamp of Walker's Son Bookbinders 14 Dey St. NY. and the title pages of all the volumes with the previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush M.D. U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894 and his small number-sticker on endpapers. Approx. 5 1/2" x 8" size (Vols I & II slightly less in width; they are uniform in height to the others). Uniformly bound in dark purplish-brown hard textured cloth, dark brown corners and spines, gilt ruled, gilt spine titles and small leaf decorations in compartments. Some wear and scraping, loss of color to cloth; leather with some edge, tips wear & rubbing; some foxing and spotting to the texts; all are solidly bound and in very good condition.