One of The Finest Copies I have Seen in 25 Years! - The Thomsonian Materia Medica, or Botanic Family Physician: Comprising a Philosophical Theory; the Natural Organization. Thomson, Samuel
This Book is a Cornerstone of Modern American Herbal Medicine and essentially changed medicine in general for over 100 years!
The Thomsonian Materia Medica, or Botanic Family Physician: Comprising a Philosophical Theory; the Natural Organization.
Book Description: Octavo. Thirteenth Ed. enlarged, Corrected, Revised and Improved. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Samuel Thomson with tissue guard. All 17 engraved and hand-colored plant plates are present. An engraved certificate. He sold rights to use his system of medicine to any family for $12. Right-holders were able to purchase Thomson's herbs and formulas, which he distributed from a central warehouse, and a copy of Thomson's book. and he is thus constituted a member of the Thomsonian friendly botanic society and is entitled to participate in its privileges. Signed and dated 1843. His theory of disease was that all ills were produced by cold and that any treatment which produced inward heat would hasten recovery. To that end, his treatments often involved Cayenne pepper. The significance of his work lies in his strong influence against the prevailing treatments of the day--opium and bleeding (Dictionary of American Biography, IX, , p. 488-489). Garrison-Morton 6988 notes Thomson " employed botanical remedies, often based on native American medicine". Though never professionally trained he became a key person in medicine who was against blood letting and in that regard was a major voice. Bound in a modern ¾ tan leather over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands ruled in gild, black leather spine label gilt, light scattered foxing.