DES MOYENS DE CONSERVER LA SANTE DES BLANCS ET DES NEGRES, AUX ANTILLES OU CLIMATS CHAUDS ET HUMIDES DE L'AMERIQUE...ET LE TRAITEMENT EN PARTICULIER DE QUELQUES MALADIES COMMUNES CHEZ LES NEGRES....

A Saint-Domingue; et se trouve a Paris: Chez Mequignon, 1786. [4],126 [i.e. 124]pp., with the pagination omitting pages 115 and 117, but with no break in text. Half title. Contemporary blue front wrapper. Rear wrapper lacking, spine mostly perished, stitching loosening a bit, front wrapper lightly soiled and edgeworn. Very clean internally. Very good, untrimmed and partially unopened. Item #WRCAM55035

A rare and important work on tropical medicine, with a special emphasis on the diseases of blacks in the West Indies. Bertin practiced medicine in the West Indies, and writes about the physical effects of the voyage there, the effects of the Caribbean climate and humidity on health, the causes of maladies, and their cures. Much of the text addresses specifically the health issues of Africans in the region. The NUC locates a copy at the John Carter Brown Library, and OCLC adds another fourteen, under a variety of accession numbers. The imprint suggests that Bertin wrote the book in Santo Domingo, and likely hoped to market it there - it was clearly a work of practical use and importance in the West Indies. SABIN 5011. WELLCOME H.17. OCLC 14837765.

Price: $9,500.00

An Important Early Work on the Health of Africans in the West Indies