Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Printed By William Duane, 1811. First American Edition. Leather. Very Good. Item #27167
viii + 268 pages; useful subject index at back. This the First American, from the Sixth London Edition, of the work of James Lind (1716 - 1794) British naval surgeon and physician, whose "...final book, his Essay on Diseases Incidental to Europeans in Hot Climates (1768), was conceived as a sequel to his book on the health of seamen. Having made recommendations for the improvement of the seaman's lot, he wanted to go further and 'draw the attention of all the commercial nations of Europe towards the important object of preserving the health of their countrymen, whose business carries them beyond seas' (Essay on Diseases, 8)…The book can be seen chiefly as a set of environmental, public health recommendations, rather than as a series of specific cures for precisely identified tropical diseases. The book was translated into German, Dutch, and French, and an American edition appeared in 1811...his books were widely translated and quoted, and the regimes he established at Haslar, one of the largest hospitals in Europe, were respected. His influence on the health and welfare of seamen, though diffuse, is indisputable..." (Michael Bartholomew in the ODNB) Title page with the previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush M.D., U.S. Navy; in service as a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894; front endpaper with his small book-number ticket as well. A previous owner name & location of Trenton hand-written on the title page. Back (blank) free endpaper with the small circular blind-stamp of E. Walker's Son Bookbinders, 14 Dey St. N.Y. Volume approx. 5 3/4" x 8 3/4" size; bound in burgundy-brown textured cloth covered boards, contrasting dark brown morocco leather corners & spine, gilt spine titles, ornamental decorations & simple line rules. Some edge, tips wear & rubbing to the binding; scattered foxing, darkening & discolorations to the text; in very good condition.