Lancaster: Printed for the Author and Publishers. John Bear, Printer, 1840. 303pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf, gilt morocco label. Foot of spine and corners lightly worn. Ink signature on front free endpaper. A few leaves with old light dampstain on foredge, some scattered light foxing. Good plus. Item #WRCAM34851
A domestic medicine work focusing on the healing properties of plants indigenous to North America. Like many practitioners who referred to themselves as "Indian" physicians or doctors, J.W. Cooper appears to have been influenced by, but unaffiliated with, the organized botanico-medical groups of early 19th-century America. THE EXPERIENCED BOTANIST... features a twenty-five-page essay, "The Pernicious Effects of Mercury," by James Hamilton, M.D., a studied and detailed polemic against the indiscriminate use of mercury by the contemporary medical establishment. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 401657. Alex Berman & Michael A. Flannery, AMERICA'S BOTANICO- MEDICAL MOVEMENTS (New York, 2001), p.69.