The Complete Herbal - Nicholas Culpeper

1850 - Thomas Kelley, London - New Edition
Culpeper’s ‘herbal’ is quite possibly the most popular work of its kind ever published, and is still the most complete and definitive herbal available today. This large edition contains 180 delicate hand-coloured illustrations and an engraved portrait of Culpeper and his house in Spitalfields.

Nicholas Culpeper [1616-54] was an English botanist, herbalist, physician, and astrologer. He spent the greater part of his life in the English outdoors cataloging hundreds of medicinal herbs.
 
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Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is Not - Florence Nightingale

Circa 1860 - 1864 - Harrison, London - Early Edition (First Published 1860)
‘Every woman, or at least almost every woman, in England has, at one time or another in her life, charge of the personal health of somebody, whether child or invalid, – in other words, every woman is a nurse.’

Florence Nightingale’s seminal work of nursing – the first of its kind ever to be published – which sets out her principles of care for the sick and injured, with advice and practices under chapters entitled ‘Observations of the Sick’, ‘Personal Cleanliness’, ‘Bed and Bedding’, ‘Cleanliness of Rooms’, ‘Taking Food’, ‘Ventilation and Warming’, and ‘Health in Houses’.

‘The book was the first of its kind ever to be written. It appeared at a time when the simple rules of health were only beginning to be known, when its topics were of vital importance not only for the well-being and recovery of patients, when hospitals were riddled with infection, when nurses were still mainly regarded as ignorant, uneducated persons. The book has, inevitably, its place in the history of nursing, for it was written by the founder of modern nursing’ – Joan Quixley, head of the
Nightingale School of Nursing, 1974. 
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Contributions Towards The Materia Medica & Natural History of China - Frederick Porter Smith

1871 - American Presbyterian Mission Press, Shanghai - First Edition
An inscribed presentation first edition of this scarce work, one of first books on Chinese medicine by a western author.

With text in English and names and terms in Chinese. Dedicated to Robert Hart of the Chinese Maritime Customs

Smith was the first British medical missionary in China, sent by the Wesleyan Missionary Committee to Hankow in 1863, where he opened the first hospital in central China in 1864. His detailed catalogue of medicinal drugs and compounds was compiled through his close work and personal exchanges with practitioners of traditional China medicine, and was meant for for use by both Western physicians and Chinese medical students. Smith also credits the early Chinese medical works from which he drew his knowledge of herbs, and of native and imported drugs from throughout Asia.
 
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Via Recta AD Vitam Longam - with - The Baths of Bathe - and - The taking of the Fume of Tobacco - Tobias Venner

1650 - Printed by James Flesher, London - Much Enlarged than the former Impressions.
A finely bound copy of the most comprehensive set of 17th century works on health and nutrition, by the pioneering Somerset physician, Tobias Venner (1577–1660), in which he described how hygiene, diet and environment can influence health, and stresses the benefits of sleep and regular exercise. Bound with his important early treatise on the effects of tobacco. Venner could certainly claim to have discovered the right way to a long life: he died at Bath on 27 March 1660 at the grand old age of 83, when life expectancy at the time was 35, and was buried in Bath Abbey.

‘Venner agrees that water may be suitable as a drink in tropical countries, but not in England. He gives the names of the various wines sold in England during the early part of the seventeenth century, and recommends to avoid excess, but to drink wine ‘
ad hilaritatem’, up to the ‘merry’ stage [Simon]. However he believed it unsuitable for younger men because it “stimulates them like madmen unto enormous and outrageous actions.” Venner also cautioned against drinking water conveyed through lead piping and advocated cleaning of the teeth to prevent decay.

This 1650 edition includes an enlarged version of
Via Recta as a well as the second part, first published in 1621, in which he describes the benefits of sleep and regular exercise. Venner claimed that bathing in Bath’s thermal springs would “make slender such bodies as are too grosse.” “Let those that fear obesity … come often to our Bathes. For by the often use of them … they may not onely preserve their health but also keepe their bodies from being unseemingly corpulent.”

Also bound with this edition is Venner’s famed ‘
Accurate Treatise concerning Tobacco’, first published in 1621. Although he recommended tobacco to improve digestion, Venner personally disliked its “detestable savour” and his observations on the adverse effects of smoking are remarkably close to those of modern medicine: “It dries the brain, dims the sight, vitiates the smell, hurts the stomach, destroys the concoction, disturbs the humours and spirits, corrupts the breath, induces trembling of the limbs. It desiccates the windpipe, lungs and liver, annoys the milt, scorches the heart, and causes the blood to be adjusted.” [Gibb] 
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