A Short Discourse Concerning Pestilential Contagion

A Short Discourse Concerning Pestilential Contagion


A Short Discourse Concerning Pestilential Contagion 1720 Second Edition

By Richard Mead

Printed In London by William Boyer For Sam. Buckley and Ralph Smith

The Volume is in Very Good Condition Bound in new half-calf over marbled boards, with the spine divided into six compartments by five raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, with the leaf edges red speckled. Externally the binding s relatively new, and show little to no scuffing or bumping. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined with some mild toning at the title and preliminaries, with some very light tears to the edges otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects See below for pagination & dimensions.

A Short Discourse Concerning Pestilential Contagion

Of Richard Mead

Richard Mead was a prominent Physician and member of the Royal Society, Educated at the University of Padua, and the most prominent english physician after the death of John Radcliffe. Writing prolifically, he contributed numerous treatise to the Transactions, and notably helped establish the Foundling Hospital in London, ensuring the inclusion of a pharmacy and infirmary, as well as a courtyard for exercise.

Mead’s Most notable work was on the subject of the plague. With a notable outbreak in southern france at the time, the physician was asked for his opinion on it’s prevention, prompting his issuing of his Short Discourse. While the treatise does not hit upon the actual causes of the plague, mead does recommend separating the sick from the healthy, rather than isolating whole families, as wa practiced at the time. Mead also correctly identifies soft surfaces and fabrics as transmitting the disease, though without hitting upon fleas as the true carriers.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [viii], 59, [1]. The volume collates as follows: A-H4, I2. The volume measures about 20 cm. By 12.5 cm. By 1 cm. Each leaf measures about 190 mm. By 120 mm.

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