Medical Precepts and Cautions

Medical Precepts and Cautions


Medical Precepts and Cautions 1751 first English Edition

By Richard Mead

Printed In London For J. Brindley

The Volume is in Very Good Condition Bound in contemporary speckled english calf, with the spine divided into six gilt-stamped compartments by five gilt & raised bands, with a red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, with the board edges gilt tooled and leaf edges red speckled. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some faint toning and scarce foxing, concentrated at the title.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects See below for pagination & dimensions.

Medical Precepts and Cautions

Of Meads Precepts

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.

In 1751 he published his last book, ‘Monita et Præcepta Medica,’ a summary of his practical experience. It is clear that he had not kept copious notes of the many cases he had seen, and hence the grounds of his opinions are not sufficiently clear, and the total of information contained in the book is small. A comparison of the elder William Heberden’s ‘Commentaries’ with Mead’s ‘Precepts’ shows of what permanent value a concise treatise may be when it is based upon a series of observations recorded at the time, and how empty it is when it rests on no such basis. He introduced the method of slowly compressing the abdominal walls during tapping for ascites, or abdominal dropsy, with a view to preventing fainting or collapse.

Pagination & Dimensions

The volume is paginated as follows: [ii]-xvi, [1]-311, [1]. The volume collates as follows: A, a, B-2R4. The volume measures about 21 cm. By 14 cm. By 3 cm. Each leaf measures about 200 mm. By 125 mm.

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