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REECE, Richard   1775-1831

Richard Reece was a London physician and author of a number of medical treatises.

  • Domestic medical guide
  • Subjects: medical compendium,

    • 1. ["The domestic medical guide', 1803]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists an edition of "The domestic medical guide; or, complete companion to the family medicine chest. Comprising in addition to the former edition, the management of children, etc.' as published London: Longman & Rees, etc. 1803.

    • 2. — [Eighth edition, 1811]
      GB:   LWel  

      The LWel catalogue lists an eighth edition with the title "The medical guide, for the use of the clergy, heads of families, and practitioners in medicine, and surgery: comprising a practical dispensary, and a popular treatise on the symptoms, causes, prevention, and cure of diseases...' as published London: Longman & others 1811.

    • 3. — [Ninth edition, 1812]
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      The BMCat lists a ninth edition, enlarged, as published 1812.

    • 4. — The medical guide, for the use of the clergy, heads of families, and practitioners in medicine and surgery: comprising a practical dispensatory, and treatise on the symptoms, causes, prevention, and cure, of the diseases incident to the human frame; with the latest discoveries in medicine. By Richard Reece, M.D. Member of the Royal College of Surgeons in London; author of the Practical Dictionary of Domestic Medicine, &c. &c. The twelfth edition, with additions.
      21.0 x 13.0 cm   Pp [i-iii] iv [v] vi-xx [1] 2-418   illus  
      GB:   LB   *OB  

    • 5. — [Fifteenth edition, 1828]
      GB:   LB  

      Listed in BMCat.

    • 6. — [Sixteenth edition, 1833]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists a sixteenth edition, with considerable additions, as published 1833.

    • 7. — [Seventeenth edition, 1850]
      GB:   LB  

      The BMCat lists a seventeenth edition, revised and corrected by H. Reece, as published London: 1850.
      General comments: The title of this work is unusual in addressing both lay and professional readers. Later in the century, when the medical profession had gained in power and status, it would have been unthinkable for a medical writer not to make a firm distinction between expert knowledge and information for domestic use in the title of his books, even if the contents hardly varied.
      From the preface to the twelfth edition, it seems this was a very popular work. Within ten years it went through eleven editions, was reprinted in America and translated into several languages.

  • Practical dictionary of domestic medicine
  • Subjects: medical dictionaries,

    • 1. A practical dictionary of domestic medicine; comprising the latest discoveries relative to the causes, treatment, and prevention of diseases. With a popular description of anatomy, casualties, chemistry, cloathing, dietetics, pharmacy, physiology, surgery, midwifery, therapeutics, &c. &c. &c.//by Richard Reece M.D.
      23.5 x 14.0 cm   Pp [i-v] vi-viii [ix-x] [1] 2-32 [1-260]   frontis, 1 pl  
      GB:   LB   *OB  
      US:   DCL  

      The main part of the text is entirely unpaginated. There is an introductory history of popular medicine [pp 1 - 24] and an appendix of prescriptions.

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