An essay, medical, philosophical, and chemical, on drunkenness : and its effects on the human body, by Thomas Trotter. The First Philadelphia Edition, corrected and enlarged.

Boston; Philadelphia: Bradford & Read and A. Finley, John Bouvier, printer, 1813.

Octavo (17.5 x 11.5 cm.), vii, 203, [1] pages. Publisher's one page advertisement at rear. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, Boston issue with altered imprint. The first published edition was issued by Longman in London 1804. The first book-length consideration of the phenomenon of alcohol dependence and its treatment. Thomas Trotter (1760-1832), was a Scottish naval officer and Physician to the Fleet, a position one would expect to offer a full view of the effects of inebriety. "At the age of nineteen, Trotter became a surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy and eventually became chief physician to the fleet under Lord Howe. After the Revolutionary War he returned to Edinburgh and received his M.D. degree. His publications include works on scurvy and nautical medicine. Trotter wrote his dissertation on inebriety and he comments in the Preface that the present work 'may be considered as a comment on the thesis, De ebrietate, eiusque effectibus in corpus humanum. Edin. 1788' (p. vi-vii). One of the earliest works on alcoholism, Trotter defines drunkenness, describes its symptoms, discusses the effects alcohol has on the body, lists diseases resulting from alcoholism, and considers methods of treatment" (Heirs of Hippocrates, page 379). "From Trotter onwards, doctors looked upon this 'medicalization' of hard drinking as a triumph of progress, both scientific and social... it constituted a truer understanding of a condition so long improperly and ineffectually denounced by preachers as a sin and by moralists as a vice..." (Sournier, A History of Alcoholism [Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1990], xiii). ~ Some light foxing, and offsetting from boards; ownership inscription to free front endpaper. In full tree calf, with gilt-titled and decorated spine label; edges rubbed, some cracking at hinges. Still near very good. Ownership inscription, "Page, Waterford, 1817" to free front endpaper. [Austin, R.B. Early American Medical Imprints 1926-27 (listing both the Philadelphia and Boston issues); Garrison-Morton 2071.1; Heirs of Hippocrates 1172 (this Boston issue only); Shaw-Shoemaker, 29976-77 (both issues)]. At the age of nineteen, Trotter became a surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy and eventually became chief physician to the fleet under Lord Howe. After the Revolutionary War he returned to Edinburgh and received his M.D. degree. His publications include works on scurvy and nautical medicine. Trotter wrote his dissertation on inebriety and he comments in the Preface that the present work 'may be considered as a comment on the thesis, De ebrietate, eiusque effectibus in corpus humanum. Edin. 1788' (p. vi-vii). One of the earliest works on alcoholism, Trotter defines drunkenness, describes its symptoms, discusses the effects alcohol has on the body, lists diseases resulting from alcoholism, and considers methods of treatment (Heirs of Hippocrates). Austin 1926; Shaw-Shoemaker 29976; Heirs of Hippocrates 1172 (this Boston issue only); cf. Garrison-Morton 2071.1.

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