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ROUPPE, Louis. De morbis navigantium, liber unus. Accedit observatio de effectu extracti cicutae storkiano in cancro.

Lugduni Batavorum [i.e. Leiden]. Apud Theodorum Haak, 1764. First edition.
8vo. [8], 338pp, [2]. With a terminal errata leaf. Contemporary limp vellum, title in manuscript to spine. Extremities rubbed and discoloured, remnants of cloth ties. Upper board held by front endpapers only, bookplate of Luis Bardon, Madrid to FEP, recent bookplate of British physiologist John Yudkin (1910-1995) to recto of FFEP, small hole to leaf X6 - with loss of catch-word on p.331, leaves toned, occasional early ink underlining, manuscript index to RFEP.
The first edition (following the dissertation of 1762) of physician Louis Rouppe's (1729-1780) treatise on naval medicine. Having travelled extensively in the West Indies as ship's surgeon aboard the Dutch vessel Princess Carolina, Rouppe consolidated his expertise to address the myriad diseases common amongst seamen, their causes symptoms, and effective treatment. He precedes Captain Cooks famed 1776 paper delivered to the Royal Society in his lengthy analysis of scurvy; praises the efficacy of water hemlock as a cancer drug; and broaches the delicate subject of sailor's conduct on land - and the venereal diseases that were often the result.
£ 375.00 Antiquates Ref: 17015