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Domestic Medicine : Or, The Family Physician, Paperback / softback Book

Domestic Medicine : Or, The Family Physician Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - History of Medicine series


Taking the view that medicine is as much the art of avoiding ill health as it is the cure of disease, physician William Buchan (1729-1805) published this home health guide in 1769.

The first part is devoted to preventing ailments through proper diet and exercise, while the second part helps families diagnose and treat maladies ranging from coughs and hiccups to jaundice and gout.

Buchan showed particular concern for the health of women and children, whom he believed were often misunderstood and neglected.

He condemned corsets and restrictive infant swaddling, discouraged 'high living' and indolence, and blamed the high child-mortality rate on upper-class ignorance of child-rearing wisdom.

His book became the most popular health guide prior to the twentieth century, with over a hundred editions by 1871.

This reissue is of the first edition. Its diagnoses of physical (and cultural) ailments will illuminate eighteenth-century concerns for modern readers.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 646 pages, Worked examples or Exercises
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: History of medicine
  • ISBN: 9781108066259

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