Springfield, MA: King, Richardson and Co, 1893. Cloth. Good. Item #013765
Brown cloth. 642 pp. Black and white and red and white illustrations throughout, as well as a color lift the flap illustration of the human body, with each flap lifted revealing more of the organs in the body. A guide to all aspects of home medicine and home medical treatments, including homeopathy and homeopathic treatments, allopathy, hydropathy or the use of water in treatment, the use of electricity for medical purposes, etc. This includes sections on homeopathic prescriptions; medicinal plants and their identification, harvest and use; botanical or herbal recipes/treatments; a section of patent medicine recipes; a guide to basic home or domestic surgery (!), including suturing, treatments of fractures and dislocations, as well as apparent death from various accidents. The work also contains a section on sex and sexuality, cloaking all talk in euphemism and embracing outdated stereotypes of women, and that love could only be between men and women. This work was a joint venture intended to address the needs of rural and poor people in the United States, combining two often competing schools of thought in medical treatment in an effort to perhaps give people choices on which avenue to pursue: homeopathic or allopathic (which at the time relied more on surgery, intervention and chemical treatments) [see the medical heritage website for more details]. GOOD condition. General fading, heavy to the spine. Minor soiling, with some scattered staining and spotting to the covers. Cloth scuffed, especially along the extremities and hinges, with heavy fraying at the spine tips. Interior solid with the paper toned. Several pages creased at the top corners.
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