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HARRIS, Walter (1647-1732). De morbis acutis infantum. London: Samuel Smith, 1689.
8o (186 x 107 mm). (Occasional faint dampstaining, adhesive stains to H8v and Iir obscuring 7 letters). Contemporary calf (rebacked). Provenance: Henry Somerset (1684-1714), second Duke of Beaufort (engraved bookplate); Samuel Bradley (1752 inscription, front free endpaper); later inscription, largely illegible, on lower pastedown ("given to me by my(?) Dr...")
FIRST EDITION of Harris's popular treatise on diseases of childhood, which remained a standard work on pediatrics until the publication of Underwood's Treatise on the diseases of childhood in 1784. "Harris advocated the theory that all diseases of infancy were caused by acidosos, and recommended treatment by some form of calcium carbonate--an anticipation of the modern treatment of tetany. He also advised caution in the administration of drugs, and denounced the practice of giving opiates and wine to young children" (Norman). The popularity of the work throughout Europe is attested by the numerous later editions, and translations into German (1691), English (1693), and French (1730). Garrison-Morton 6321; NLM/Krivatsy 1689. Waller 4069; Wellcome III, p. 213; Wing H-880; Norman 994.
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