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Freind, The History of Physick, 1750, vol 1 (werewolves)

Freind, The History of Physick, 1750, vol 1 (werewolves)

The History of Physick; From the time of Galen, to the beginning of the sixteenth century. Chiefly with regard to Practice. In a Discourse written to Doctor Mead. By J. Freind, M.D. Part 1 containing all the Greek writers. The Fourth Edition. To which is now first added, some account of the life and writings of the author, with a new and copious index of authors quoted, and medicines, diseases and cures. London 1750. Single 8vo volume rebound in 20th century full calf with two red title and vol number plates on spine as well as five raised bands and gold text and detailing. Marbled end papers. Slight browning of leaves but not intolerably so. Final index bound with leaves out of sequence: pg 322, 325/6, 323/4, 329/30, 327/8. Otherwise, a clean, unmarked, and tight rebound copy in very good condition. Volume 1 only.

 

Page 18 of the book commences a short chapter on lycanthropy (werewolves). Also briefly discusses the demoniacs of the New Testament. Freind was imprisoned in the tower of London for a time. GM 6378.

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