Castile, N.Y. Published by the Author, 1846. First volume only [all published]. 255,pp. Contemporary calf. Spine ends chipped, calf generally rubbed and worn, upper backstrip separating from textblock. Rear hinge split, held by one cord. Pencil marks on front free endpaper. Old stains and light foxing throughout. Good. Item #WRCAM34839
A domestic guide to health, by an independent botanic physician. The botanico-medical movements of the 19th century offered the general American public compelling alternatives to the intimidating - and often dangerous - mainstream medical practices of the day. In plain-language texts aimed for family use, botanic practitioners like Cobb encouraged the use of plant-based remedies and common-sense habits over bloodletting and the use of mineral compounds. This first volume of THE MEDICAL BOTANIST... includes a plant materia medica, descriptions of diseases, recipes for medical remedies, a glossary, and remarks on various topics, from diet and exercise to phrenology and the dangers of calomel. This is a greatly expanded version of Cobb's 1828 THE FAMILY ADVISER.... Atwater notes that the second volume (called for on the titlepage) was apparently never published. ATWATER 685.