A New Dictionary of Medical Science and Literature. 2 Vols.
Boston: Charles Bowen, 1833. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. vi, 599, 640pp. Original full calf with gilt ruling on spine. Contains a concise account of the various subjects and terms; with the synonyms in different languages; and formulae for various official and empirical preparations. "The present compilation was originally by the frequent complaints, made by the Author's pupils in the University of Virginia, that they were unable to meet with information on numerous topics of professional inquiry... It may, indeed, be with propriety remarked, that whilst most of the languages of Europe possess portable lexicons, corresponding to the present condition of science, the English language has none; for the Dictionary of Hooper, in the purely purely professional portion, has undergone but little modification within the last fifteen or twenty years..." (Preface).
Dunglison had moved from England to America around 1824 to join the first faculty of the University of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson and the Board of Visitors of the University of Virgina had commissioned Francis Walker Gilmer to find competent professors in England. The professorship for anatomy and medicine was offered to Dunglison. In 1832 Dunglison published his landmark text "Human Physiology" establishing his reputation as the "Father of American Physiology." He became the personal physician of Thomas Jefferson. Binding in disrepair, scuffing along edges and boards, covers separated but present, spine missing. Front free endpaper loose, present, dedication page almost loose but attached at bottom, block age-toned with light waviness to pages due to water exposure, though still very much intact. Volume two in similar condition with front cover attached barely to front endpaper and title page, back board still attached, spine missing for the most part. Title page browned, block as in volume one. Binding in poor, interior in good condition. poor to good-. Item #47736