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1 FREIND, Johannis (1675-1728). De Purgantibus, in secunda variolarum confluentium febre, ad hibendis Epistolae. Editio Novissima, cum indice necessario. With: Praelectiones Chymicae: In quibus omnes sere Operationes Chymicae ad Vera Principia & ipsius Naturae Leges rediguntur; Oxomii, habitae … Editio Tertia.
Lugduni Batavorum, Apud Joh. Arn. Langerak, 1734. 1734 
2 volumes in one. Sm. 8vo. [xc], 118, [10]; [xii], 163 pp. Index. Original mottled calf, gilt spine, red leather title labels; front joint split, corners showing, head worn. Good. Third edition. With the life of John Friend by Johannem [John] Wigan, M.D. (1696 –1739). Wigan "was a prominent British physician, poet and author of the early eighteenth century whose writings and translations were popular and widely referred to during the period. He served as principal of New Inn Hall at Oxford University between 1726 and 1732 and was physician of Westminster Hospital between 1733 and 1738. In 1738 he travelled to Jamaica with Edward Trelawny and died there a year later in December 1739" (Wikipedia). "The medical writings of … Dr. John Freind, are among the best of his period. The numerous cases in his nine commentaries on fever, in his Epistola de Purgantibus, and in his Emmenologia are admirably related and often with many details" (Moore, p. 124). Freind gave lectures attempting to explain chemical reactions on the basis of Newtonian mechanical principles. This work is dedicated to Isaac Newton. The first edition was issued in 1709 and several Latin editions followed; an English translation was printed in 1712. "In these lectures Friend attempts to explain all chemical operations on mechanical and physical principles. They were criticized in the Acta Eruditorum, 1710, as being of a mystical or occult character, and this attack, together with his answer, Friend reprinted in an appendix to the second edition of his lectures." The work is addressed to Richard Mead, who visited Friend while he was in the Tower [prison], later obtaining an order for his release (DNB). DSB. Vol. V, p. 156; Moore, Norman. History of the Study of Medicine in the British Isles. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1908; Neu 95; Partington vol. II, p. 480 (lists London [1709] and others). See: Cole 489 (does not list this issue); Duveen 230 (Amsterdam 1710 only); Ferguson I, 290 (various eds.); Roy G. Neville, vol. I, pp. 481-482. First Edition. 
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2 HOME, Francis (1719-1813). Clinical Experiments, Histories, and Dissections.
London: J. Murray, 1682 [i.e. 1782]. 1682 
Second edition. 8vo. xii, 499, [1 blank], [ads 8] pp. Toned, rear end-leaves water-stained. Later full-grain calf, gilt-stamped black leather spine label; binding worn, outer hinges reinforced with Kozo, spine missing small pieces. Date incorrectly printed on title-page as DCLXXXII—37 years before Home was born—erroneously omitting a "C," as the book was actually published in 1782. Inscription from "John Tetsworth [?] to Jonathan Havesy [?]" Good. This work was published after years of observation by Homes at the Royal Infirmary at Edinburgh. "Besides containing accurate histories of the cases of particular patients, a distinct view of the treatment in each, and the principle observations which were delivered in lecture, it exhibits also a faithful account of trials which have been made with the greatest part of the new remedies lately introduced into practice; and a minute detail of the effects which have been observed to result from them" (Medical and Philosophical, p. 463). Home, who served with the British army in Flanders, studied medicine at Leyden before graduating with his degree at Edinburgh in 1850. After joining the College of Physicians and producing several works, he was appointed to Chair of the Materia Medica at Edinburgh, following his professorship in that department. As chair, he followed William Cullen "into speculations and beyond what the state of knowledge at the time had justified, but he also 'fully considered the physical characters and mode of administration drugs' which Cullen had omitted" (Grant, p. 424). Home was ultimately "made a Clinical Professor of Medicine, and in 1780 he brought out Clinical Experiments, Histories, and Dissections, in which work he related the effects produced by many new remedies tried by him in the Infirmary. He thus contributed to the advance of Therapeutics" (Grant, p. 424). Upon his retirement from Edinburgh, he chose his son, James Home (1798-1821) as his successor, 'whose great success as a teacher raised the Chair of Materia Medica to a height of prosperity which has never been surpassed…'" (Grant, p. 424). Grant, Alexander. The Story of the University of Edinburgh During Its First Three Hundred Years. Vol. 2. London: Longmans, Green, 1884; Society of Physicians in Edinburgh, and First Medical Society of Edinburgh. Medical and Philosophical Commentaries. Vol. 6. London: J. Murray, 1779; Welcome 11276942. 
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