Title Commentatio de tracheitide infantum, vulgo croup vocata, cui praemium a quondam imperatore Napoleone propositum ex dimidia parte delatum est [Commentary on early childhood throat infection, familiarly known as croup]
Book Condition Good Plus
Edition Presumed First Edition
Size 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall
Publisher Leipzig, Germany G. I. Goeschen [Georg Joachim Göschen] 1815
Seller ID 007869
Principal text in Latin with ancillary text, especially in the footnotes, variously in English, French and German. Dedication page states, "collegio regio medico londinensi in testimonium summae venerationis dicatum," [Dedicated to the Royal College of Physicians of London, with the highest regard]. Contemporary [?] quarter leather spine, with gilt-stamped red morocco title label, the leather spine somewhat dessicated, the label with losses. Generally unbumped spine head and tail, and with mildly abraded corners. The text block is firmly bound in. 10.25 x 8.5 inches. Handmade, cotton rag laid paper with watermark. With viii and 228 numbered pages, including cases studies and detailed bibliography. Light to moderate foxing to the preliminaries. Evident page waviness, as if from previous dampness, yet no evidence of dampstain. Else quite clean. A Good Plus copy. See The Journal of Foreign Medical Science and Literature, Volume 7, The Eclectic Repertory and Analytical Review, Medical and Philosophical, publ. 1817, by Samuel Emlen: "Perhaps we should pass a correct judgment on his work, if we stated that though highly ingenious and instructive, it appears to be rather the result of great reading and literary research, than of actual observation, drawn from the bedside of the sick." A modern reader will view with horror Alber's obtuse experiments on animals intended to simulate the effects of croup. So too will the reader be appalled by the author's advocacy of the use of mercury, albeit in limited doses and mixed with camphor, to treat childhood croup by allaying inflammation, to say nothing of his advocacy of bleeding by means of leeches.