London: T. Cox, 1729. First edition in English. Copper-engraved title-page vignette. Some wear to back cover, occasional minor soiling. Generally a very good, clean copy. Contemporary calf, rebacked. Gilt-decorated spine with red morocco label. Octavo. , 216, [6, index], [2, ads] pp. Item #7730
John Freind (1675-1728), who was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, was a prominent London physician, Fellow of the Royal Society, and later, a Tory M.P. for Launceton. He wrote a number of medical texts. His most important book was his History of Physic (1725-6). He has been called the first English historian of medicine. The present book first appeared in Latin in 1703. It deals with women and “the nature of their menstruous purgation.” Emmenologia, “displays a leaning toward mechanistic physiology, but most of his other medical works are concerned with therapeutics” (Marie Boas Hall, DSB).
Not in Garrison and Morton. Wellcome Vol. III, p. 66.