Notes From the Lectures of Nathaniel Chapman M.D. Professor of the Materia Medica In the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Course of 1814-15; Notes From the Lectures of Benjamin S. Barton M.D. Delivered at Philadelphia. Course Volume II; notes take

Philadelphia 1814-1822 Three 8vo (18.3 x 15.6 cm) volumes in contemporary half calf on marble boards. General wear to covers, no label on spines, Ink inscription on third volume "Fruit Record." The text is written in a clear style. Collation: (Vol. I -Chapman) - [1] 161 [11] p.; Vol. II Barton - [2] 139 [20] p.; (Vol. III- Plumb) - [85] [18] + [16] p. Latter is small(16.6 x 10.4 cm) folded sheets recording monthly expenditures from May 1844 to July 1846. In addition to the notes from the Eye Infirmary, there are separate un-numbered pages [18] dealing with grafts for different fruit trees or trees growing from common stock grown on the Ovid farm, dated 1842, 1843, 1844, 1846, 1847, 1848, 1852, and 1853. In each volume there are separate un-numbered pages dealing with recipes for specific ailments or disease, noting plant or chemical substance to use, amount and procedure for preparation of treatment. Very Good Half Calf (Item ID: 0000231)


The quality of penmanship for the two volumes on materia medica compared to the volume on notes from the eye infirmary indicate that Dr. Plumb took lecture notes from Chapman and Barton and then copied them in a neat hand that was not possible during class. These notes were most likely used throughout Dr. Plumb's medical career. The notes from the lectures on materia medica begin in Volume I (Chapman) with a discussion of "Modus operandi of medicines generally" and proceeds to "Sympathy," "Emetics," "Cathartics," "Diuretics," "Lithrontiptics or Antilithics," "Bitters & Astringents," and so on. For each class or grouping there follows a number of plant and chemical remedies. At the end of the numbered pages is a series of un-numbered pages with specific prescriptions and details of components and amounts of each. Volume II (Barton) contains an index on the verso of the title page which list all diseases covered and the numbered page where each is covered.Volume III (Plumb) are the author's own notes from his visit(s) to the New York Eye Infirmary. These are often short, only a few lines on the page or lengthy. There are occasional blank pages suggesting that Plumb visited the Eye Infirmary on several occasions, bring his note book with him. The end of Vol. III contains information on fruit trees grown on the Plumb farm/orchard.Both Chapman and Barton were noted physicians at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. In 1813 Chapman became professor of materia media at the University of Pennsylvania, two years before Barton died of tuberculosis. He later became the first president of the American Medical Association(1848). His book on materia medica did not appear until 1817. Barton had been professor of materia medica from 1796 to 1813. He succeeded Dr. Rush as Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine, an added responsibility to this earlier position as Professor of Materia Medica (1796). Barton published his studies on Materia Medica in two parts, first in 1798 and the second in 1804. All students of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania were required to take the course in Materia Medica. This is a very scarce manuscript from the early 18th century medicine and medicinal plants. The lecturers for these notes are two of the most influential physicians in America at that period. (Appleton Encyclopedia, DAB)

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