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    [Nathaniel Chapman]. Manuscript Notes on Lectures by Dr. Nathaniel Chapman delivered between 1817 and 1818. Nathaniel Chapman (1780-1853) began his study of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania under Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence whom he references in the book, earning his medical degree in 1800. The following year, he travelled to Europe, studying under John Abernethy in London for one year. He then spent three years studying at the University of Edinburgh's school of medicine. After returning to the U.S., he began practicing medicine in Philadelphia and gave lectures on obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, leading to a position as a professor of midwifery. In 1813, following the death of Benjamin Rush, he became the chair of Theory and Practice of Medicine. In 1847, three years before his retirement, he became the founding president of the American Medical Association.

    Measuring 7.75" x 9.75", this book contains handwritten transcriptions of lectures delivered by the famous American doctor titled "Notes from the Lectures of N. Chapman. M.D. Professor of the institutes and practice of Physic & Clinical practice of the University of Pennsylvania by David M. Kirkpatrick M.D. and Thomas G. James M.D." Transcribed by Dr. Hugh Campbell in 451 paginated pages (written mostly on the odd numbered pages). An index is found in the back. While the lectures themselves date from 1818-1819, several pages contain newspaper clippings that date at least to 1832.

    Common ailments of the day are described in detail and include asthma, cholera, constipation, consumption (tuberculosis), dropsy (edema), dysentery, gout, influenza, diseases of the pulmonary organs, rheumatism, worms, et al. Accompanying each description is a treatment common to the time such as the use of herbs (digitalis, tobacco, etc.) and more medieval treatments like bleeding (using cups or leeches), blistering, purging (both vomiting, through the use of emetic tartar or ipecac, and cleansing of the bowels), or inhaling "vapour of eather or fumes of resin." Of note is the presence of some "cultural" treatments, for example, an Indian treatment for cholera and a Jewish treatment of the same. On the last page is a recipe for vegetable soup.

    The book is bound in leather over boards, which are heavily worn. The spine is crumbling, exposing the textblock in places. Despite the wear, the binding is still very tight and the text is bright with only light toning. A fascinating look at early nineteenth century medicine.


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