Richardson, Joseph G. M.D., William H. Ford A.M., M.D, and C.C. Vanderbeck M.D., PhD.

Medicology: Or Home Encyclopedia of Health: A Complete Family Guide. Abounding In Practical Household Information on the Structure and Functions of the Human Body, the Laws of Hygiene, Diet, Accidents and Emergencies, Accessory Treatments and Remedies, Air and Exercise, Sanitary House Building, Duties of Mothers, Care of Children, Art and Science of Nursing and Cooking, and Home Administration of Medicines. Ten Books: One Volume.

Philadelphia: University Medical Society, 1905. Third edition. Hardcover. 1432 pp. Thick quarto [25 cm]. Rebacked, with the original spine overlaid. Middle signatures sewn. Corners skillfully restored. Brown cloth over boards with gilt title stamped on spine. All edges marbled and faded. With a black and white frontispiece featuring a photograph of the author, with the original tissue guard. With full color illustrated anatomical plates featuring multiple tipped in layers. Marbled end papers: front end paper is chipped at bottom right corner. Corners are scuffed and lightly bumped. Front and back covers have some light scratching and are very slightly cocked. May require extra postage due to size. Very good +. Item #63353

This book is scarcely found in this condition and is important historically as a retrospective of early 20th century beliefs and practices surrounding medicine. The interactive anatomical diagrams are especially noteworthy. Chart I, "A Picture of Good Health", which features several layers of the human head shows the overly simplified understanding of the brain at the time. With discussions of consumption, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, herbal remedies, sex, warnings against young men smoking, and even marriage and gender roles.

Containing an anatomical introduction and books 1-10: "Book I. The Manikin. Pictorial and Descriptive View of the Human Body", "Book II. Mystery of Life, Disease, and Death", "Book III. Preventive Medicine", "Book IV. Curative Medicine", "Book V. Medical Materials; Their Properties and Uses", "Book VI. Healthy Dwelling Houses", "Book VII. Physical Exercise and Culture and Their Bearings on Health", "Book VIII. Homeopathic Medical Science. Methods by Special Schools and Methods", "Book IX. Model Home Management", and "Book X. Treasury and Hand Book of Health and Home Information"

Price: $400.00