Medical Memoirs of the General Dispensary in London, for part of the years 1773 and 1774. By John Coakley Lettsom, M.D. and A.S.S. And Physician io the General Dispensary.

London. Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly. 1774. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo, 21cm, First Edition, xxx,[2],362, [xiv]p., (index & errata page), complete as issued with page number break at pp193 196; text is continuous, rebound in quarter dark blue cloth and blue marbled boards, double red leather labels, preliminary pages to xvi with some staining, the text edges are dust soiled, a very good sound copy thus, rare (scm) ~ John Coakley Lettsom (1744 1 Nov 1815) was an English physician and philanthropist. He was born on Little Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, into one of the early Quaker settlements in the territory, and he grew up to be an abolitionist. He was the son of a West Indian planter and an Irish mother. His surname is sometimes spelled Lettsome. Lettsom founded the Medical Society of London in 1773, convinced that a combined membership of physicians, surgeons, and apothecaries would prove productive. The idea proved successful and the Society remains as a forum for all branches of the medicine to this day. Situated in London's medical community at Lettsome House, Chandos Street, near Cavendish Square, it is the oldest medical society in the United Kingdom. As founder, president (1775 76, 1784 85, 1808 11, 1813 15), and benefactor, Lettsom was its mainstay from 1773 until his death in 1815. He also wrote the first paper on the drug habit, the original account of alcoholism, and the first description of multiple neuritis. Item #38384

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