Publisher Information: 1821-1866.
Topographies Médicales. Collection of 45 medical theses on medical topography; contact us for complete listing. 3 volumes. 1803-66. 19th-century quarter morocco, marbled boards, slight edgewear. Minor foxing and toning but very good. Manuscript tables of contents in a 19th-century hand in each volume.
Interesting and unusual collection of medical theses highlighting an important aspect of early and mid-nineteenth century public health. Incorporating studies of 45 distinct and varied places, this collection could be the basis of significant research projects on comparative medical geography and topography. The practice of medical topography—the study of the association between a region’s specific geographical characteristics and the health outcomes of its inhabitants—goes back to Hippocrates’s treatise On Airs, Waters and Places (ca. 400 BCE). Prior to the advent of the germ theory of disease in the late 1800s, medical topography formed a significant part of public health investigation, as can be seen in this collection of theses surveying the medico-geographical features of various parts of France and Europe. Medical topography can be seen as an ancestor of the modern disciplines of health geography and medical geography.
The theses in the first volume describe the medical topography of Iceland, St. Petersburg (Russia), Belgium, Badajoz (Spain), Pamplona (Spain), Gibraltar, Rome, Patras (Greece), Naples and Corsica; the remaining two volumes contain theses on the medical topography of various parts of France. The earliest dates from 1803, during the time of the Napoleonic Wars; the latest dates from 1866, during the reign of Napoleon III. Several theses discuss the topic of intermittent fever, which is commonly caused by malaria.Book Id: 48914