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The Works, Literary, Moral, and Medical, of Thomas Percival, M.D.

The Works, Literary, Moral, and Medical, of Thomas Percival, M.D.
To Which Are Prefixed, Memoirs of his Life and Writings, and a Selection from his Literary Correspondence
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  • Date Published: November 2013
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108067379

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  • A physician and medical reformer enthused by the scientific and cultural progress of the Enlightenment as it took hold in Britain, Thomas Percival (1740–1804) wrote on many topics, including public health and demography. His influential publication on medical ethics is considered the first modern formulation. In 1807, his son Edward published this four-volume collection of his father's diverse work. Some of the items here had never been published before, including a selection of Percival's private correspondence and a biographical account written by Edward. Volume 1 contains this biography and the full text of Percival's popular self-improvement book, A Father's Instructions. Volume 2 contains essays on moral and literary subjects. Also included is the text of Percival's Medical Ethics (1803). Volume 3 contains the first two parts of Essays Medical and Experimental, the revised edition of which has been reissued separately in this series in one volume. Volume 4 contains the third and fourth parts, which were completed following the revised edition.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108067379
    • length: 2270 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 2.85kg
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Advertisement
    Biographical memoirs
    A Father's Instructions. Volume 2: Dedication
    A Socratic discourse on truth
    Miscellaneous observations on the influence of habit and association
    On inconsistency of expectation in literary pursuits
    On the advantages of a taste for the general beauties of nature, and of art
    Miscellaneous observations on the alliance of natural history, and philosophy, with poetry
    On the intellectual and moral conduct of experimental pursuits
    A tribute to the memory of Charles de Polier
    General appendix to the foregoing dissertations
    An enquiry into the principles and limits of taxation
    Biographical memoirs of the late Thomas Butterworth Bayley
    Dissertatio medica inauguralis de frigore
    Medical Ethics. Volume 3: Advertisement
    Part I: Preface
    The empiric, or man of experience
    The dogmatic, or rationalist
    Experiments and observations on astringents and bitters
    On the uses and operation of blisters
    An inquiry into the resemblance between chyle and milk
    Experiments and observations on water, particularly the hard pump water of Manchester
    On the disadvantages of inoculating children in early infancy
    On the efficacy of external applications in the angina maligna, or ulcerous sore throat
    Part II: Preface
    Observations and experiments on the Columbo root
    On the preparation, culture, and use of the orchis root
    Experiments and observations on the waters of Buxton and Matlock
    Observations on the medicinal uses of fixed air
    On the antiseptic and sweetening powers, and on the varieties of factitious air
    On the noxious vapours of charcoal
    On the atrabilis
    On the septic quality of sea salt
    On coffee
    Select histories of diseases with remarks. Volume 4: Part III: Preface
    Observations on the state of population in Manchester and other adjacent pages
    On the small-pox and measles
    On the different quantities of rain, which fall at different heights over the same spot of ground
    On the solution of human calculi by fixed air
    On the nature and composition of urinary calculi
    On the effects of foxed air on the colours and vegetation of plants
    On the action of different manures
    On different absorbents
    On the internal regulation of hospitals
    Miscellaneous observations, cases and inquiries
    Part IV: Preface
    On a new and cheap method of preparing pot-ash
    On the fatal effects of pickles impregnated with copper
    Speculations on the perceptive power of vegetables
    Facts and queries relative to attraction and repulsion
    Narrative of the sufferings of a collier
    A physical inquiry into the powers and operations of medicines
    On the solvent powers of camphor
    Medical cautions and remarks
    On the medicinal uses of cod liver oil
    On the nature, cause, and cure of the rabies canina
    Miscellaneous facts and observations
    Miscellaneous practical observations
    An account of an earthquake
    On the silk cotton of Sumatra
    On the acid of tar
    On the construction and polity of prisons
    Remarks relative to the improvement of the Manchester Infirmary

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    Thomas Percival

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