Madisonville, Tn. Henderson & Johnston, 1834. xii [i.e., viii],400pp. Modern quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt leather label. Toned, moderate foxing. Good plus. Item #WRCAM53614
First and only edition of this book of remedies and cures made for the use of average people at home. The contents include a discussion of human anatomy, but the bulk of the book is a lengthy review of diseases and treatments, including remedies for gonorrhea (called "the clap"), nephritis, epilepsy, jaundice, rheumatism, and much more. Shelton apparently led a varied life in the forty years before this book's publication. He was born in Virginia in 1795, emigrated to Tennessee at a young age, was largely self-educated, worked in the Superior Court of Blount County, Tn., and then studied medicine with the "excentric, but skillful and self-made Dr. Isaac Wright" whose daughter he also married. He also participated in the Creek War, before settling down in Alabama. Many of Wright's medical cures are incorporated in this work, as are the tenets of the then-popular "Thomsonian" system. Scarce. CORDASCO 30-0798. AII (TENNESSEE) 547. ALLEN, TENNESSEE IMPRINTS 1165. ALLEN, MORE TENNESSEE RARITIES 667. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 26756.