Hartford: Hudson & Goodwin, 1799. First Edition. hardcover. 2 volumes. xii, 9-348; [iv], 352pp. 8vo, contemporary mottled calf with red leather spine labels (bindings are rubbed and a little wormed); hinges on first volume are repaired but still solid and attractive; dampstains on front endpaper & blank flyleaf in first volume; pages toned, as usual with some light foxing; small ink signatures on titles of both volumes; 2 pages in second volume have tears that were crudely taped and are now discolored). Hartford: Hudson & Goodwin, 1799. First edition. very good.
Webster surveyed known data from epidemics since the time of Christ in order to prove his theory that these diseases were not contagious but were caused by environmental changes. Despite his incorrect conlculsions, his work was widely read and quite influential. William Osler called this book "the most important medical work written in this country by a layman." - GM 1675.1; Austin 2023; Heirs of Hippocrates 1160.