American-Reformed Practice of Medicine
Written by Dr. W. S. Law and published at 87 Drummond Street, Euston Square, London, this beautifully illustrated medical book is very old. There is no copyright date, printing or publication date. The subject is botanic medicines. Hand tinted drawings show of parts of the human body’s systems: the brain, organs of circulation, nervous system, etc., and there are hand tinted drawings of botanicals, such as St. John’s Wort, Wormwood and Valerian. These were the medicines of early days. Disease descriptions are followed by descriptions of treatments. There is a chapter on “Steaming as a means of preventing and curing disease.” There are recipes for various compounds used in the treatment of diseases. For example, cancer was treated with blood-root or bayberry bark. If the cancer were allowed to progress, there were compounds to be made and administered. One included sarsaparilla root, sassafras bark, spotted alder, etc. They were to be simmered and strained and combined with three pounds of sugar to form a syrup to be taken “without interruption”.
This book is bound in embossed cloth with gilt printing. An eagle with its wings spread holds an American shield and a banner floats on either wide waying UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The back cover is also embossed in decorative tiles. In beautiful condition. Free shipping by USPS Media Mail to USA address.