At the head of the title page: ‘Every Man
His Own Physician.’
Family Physician: Containing A Description Of The Roots And Herbs Common To
This Country, With Their Medicinal Properties And Uses; Also Directions for The
Treatment Of The Diseases Incident to Human Nature, By Vegetables Alone; Embracing
Many Valuable Indian Recipes. By Samuel B. Emmons. Boston. George P.
Oakes (publisher). 1836. 12mo. (6-3/8 inches).  -176 pages. [First
Printing]. Original half-calf with marbled paper over boards. Binding rubbed
and worn with some loss of paper and extremities bumped. Age-toning, foxing.
Overall very good condition.
Contents In Part: “Roots and Herbs; Remedies
for Particular Diseases; Miscellaneous Recipes; Miscellaneous Articles
(Observations on the Medical Treatment of Gen. Washington; Ignorant Apothecaries;
Pernicious effects of Mercury; Fashionable Medical Practice, &c.)
- - - The Vegetable Family Physician: “…
lists 112 different vegetable medicines, supported Hosea Winchester’s Quaker
depot in Boston. Identifying botanic medicines in general use, as well as specific
medicines recommended by Wooster Beach, Samuel Thomson, and Elisha Smith of New
York, Emmons explained how each had a role in the fight against disease.” -
page 120. John S. Haller’s The People’s
Doctors: Samuel Thomson and the American Botanical Movement, 1790-1860.
Southern Illinois University (Press) 2000.
Botanical, Materia Medica, Formularies,
Vegetable, Medicinal plants.