Th[omas]. Ewell, M. D. American Family Physician; Detailing Important Means of Preserving Heath, from Infancy to Old Age: The Offices Women Should Perform to Each Other at Births, and the Diseases Peculiar to the Sex: With Those of Children and Adults. With an Appendix, Containing Hints Respecting the Treatment of Domestic Animals and the Best Means of Preserving Fish and Meat. By Th. Ewell, M. D., of Virginia. Georgetown, D. C.: James Thomas, 1824.

    First edition. Octavo. xix, 480 pages.

    Leather board covers with a maroon morocco gilt label on the sine. Covers and spine rubbed and slightly discolored, some cracking to the spine, corners bumped, hinges beginning to crack, multiple notations on the front pastedown endpaper, some pages prior to the title page are missing, rear free endpaper is torn, foxing and minor moisture damage throughout. Altogether a good copy.

    Much of this work by physician Thomas Ewell (1785 - 1826) was published in his earlier book Letters to Ladies Concerning Themselves and Children and his 1806 discourse on Chemistry. He also took much inspiration and information from the highly technical work of Dr. Robert Thomas, Practice of Physic. Ewell received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1805, and was a naval surgeon until 1813. He is known for his simplified works on medicine and chemistry targeted towards a general public market.

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