CLARKE, Sir Arthur. A Practical Manual for the Preservation of Health and the Prevention of Diseases incidental to the middle and advanced stages of life, particularly rheumatism, gout, stone, gravel, apoplexy, asthma, pulmonary consumption, etc. Henry Colburn. 1824.
12mo. Original green cloth, paper label to spine; pp. 200; paper label rubbed, very clean, very good.
First edition. Scarce. A rare work by Sir Arthur Clarke (1773-1857) who, as Physician to the Bank of Ireland and the Dublin Metropolitan Police, was one of the most prominent doctors in Ireland. Later in his career he was best known for his work on tuberculosis, but his early experience as a general practitioner meant that he was able to observe closely the effects of aging, and also of quack cures that desperate patients might try. This book is an attempt to educate his older patients in the causes of their ills, and the proper medical treatments - mostly palliative rather than curative, he regrets to say.
COPAC records only 9 copies; no auction records exist for this book.