PUBLIC HEALTH ON THE ARABIAN PENINSULA. Recueil des travaux du comité consultatif d'hygiène publique de France et des actes officiels de l'administration sanitaire / publié par ordre de M. le Ministre de l'agriculture et du commerce. Tome septième. Paris, Librairie J. B. Ballière & Fils, 1878.
8vo. Contemporary brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine with raised bands and directly lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. , iii, 443; extremities a little rubbed, otherwise very good.
First edition of a very rare volume containing public health assessments of parts of the Middle East, carried out under the auspices of the Administration sanitaire of the French Republic. The father of the French novelist Marcel Proust, the eminent epidemiologist and hygienist Adrien Proust, contributed an article on the sanitary conditions of the Hajj and the possibility of cholera outbreaks in the winter of 1876/77 with precise figures of pilgrims, their routes and origins. This initial part of the volume on the Hajj is followed by a long section on the cholera epidemic in Lebanon and surrounding areas of 1855. Several detailed articles analyze the data of further epidemics, other contagious diseases and public health in Lebanon during the years up to 1870. This section consists mostly of reports written in Beirut and takes up most of pages 163 to to 302.