On the Influence of Atmosphere and Locality; Change of Air and Climate; Seasons; Food; Clothing; Bathing; Exercise; Sleep; Corporeal and Intellectual Pursuits, &c. &c. on Human Health; Constituting Elements of Hygiene. Robley Dunglison, M. D.

On the Influence of Atmosphere and Locality; Change of Air and Climate; Seasons; Food; Clothing; Bathing; Exercise; Sleep; Corporeal and Intellectual Pursuits, &c. &c. on Human Health; Constituting Elements of Hygiene.

Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1835. First edition. 8vo (8.63 x 5.5 inches), contemporary full sheep, black leather label, gilt lettering, 514, [2], [6] pages. Upper edge of the title page excised (presumably to remove an ownership signature). Boards bowed and endpapers spotted from damp; some light damp-staining and soiling, some rubbing to the boards; a good, sound copy. Item #20329

"Dr. Beaumont has recently published the results of his various experiments and observations on this case [Experiments and Observations on the Gastric Juice, Plattsburgh, 1833],--many of which will be referred to in the course of this chapter,--and the author cannot help expressing a hope that its reception by the profession has somewhat repaid him for the unbounded zeal and assiduity, with which he has prosecuted his researches on this interesting topic of hygiene, and physiology." An important early comprehensive American work on diet and hygiene from Dunglison (1798-1869) was the English-born medical doctor recruited by Jefferson as a professor to the University of Virginia; he had Beaumont in his study of gastric juices, proposing a number of experiments to Beaumont which guided his work but were unacknowledged in Beaumont's 1833 publication. (This work includes Dunglison's February 5, 1833 letter to the editor of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, detailing the experiments and investigations that Beaumont had undertaken at his suggestion.) For more on Dunglison and his early advocacy and work on determining the specific chemical role of gastric juice (and how it brought him into conflict with the Philadelphia physiology establishment), see Bylebyl, Jerome J. "William Beaumont, Robley Dunglison, and the 'Philadelphia Physiologists'." Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 25, no. 1 (1970): 3-21. Cordasco 30-0283.

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