Neew-York: Published by Lorenzo Dow, 1808. Second edition, corrected, with “considerable additions.” First published in 1804. With glossary and index. Light foxing throughout, as is common with American books of this era. A very good copy. Contemporary sheep, lightly rubbed at extremities, with a few scuffs. Twelvemo. 304 pp. Item #15322
Samuel Kennedy Jennings (1771-1854) was a surgeon and one of the founders of the Washington Medical College of Baltimore. He states in his preface that this book was originally intended for the poor and others who might not easily be able to consult a physician. He states that he “was too often obliged to be an eye-witness to the dreadful ravages commited on the health and lives of women and children, by a number of self-conceited wretches, who seemed to be ignorant of the mischief they were doing in the world.” He acknowledges his debt to other physicians, such as Cullen, Rush, and Darwin, and notes that he took the liberty of sending the first edition to Dr. Benjamin Rush, who praised it and recommended it to patients.