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WITHERING, William (1741-1799). An account of the foxglove, and some of its medical uses. Birmingham: M. Swinney for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, 1785.
8o (225 x 141 mm). Engraved folding plate by James Sowerby (1757-1822), copied and reversed from the plate in Curtis' Flora Londiensis (half inch tear to plate, not affecting image; some staining throughout; uncut). Original blue boards (rebacked in tan paper, worn).
FIRST EDITION. The results of 10 years of observations of the treatment of congestive heart failure with leaves of the foxglove (Digitalis purpurea). The use and dosage of the drug digitalis at the end of the 20th century has barely changed from the recommendations made by Withering. The author's great interest in botany, and his works published on the subject, led to the witticism during the long illness that finally led to his death "the flower of physicians is indeed Withering". Garrison-Morton 1836; Heirs of Hippocrates 1039; Hunt 676; NLM/Blake, p.493; Osler 4261; Waller 10378; Norman 2255.
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