[Medicine - 17th Century] Rare 1674 Medical Treatise by Gideon Harvey (1640-1700) on Fevers - Physician to Charles II

Harvey, Gideon. A Theoretical and Chiefly Practical Treatise of Fevors, Wherein it's made Evident, that the Modern Practice of  curing continual Fevors is dangerous and very unsuccessful. Hereunto are added several important observations and cures of malignant fevors not inserted in the former impression. "Written in Latin by Gideon Harvey, M.D. Physician in Ordinary to his Majesty. Now rendered into English by J.T. and Surveyed by the Author." London: Printed for William Thackeray, 1674. 16mo, full calf, 127pp. (With 8 page publisher's catalogue bound in after the "dedication" leaf.)

Gideon Harvey (1640? - 1700?) was probably born in Holland between 1630 and 1640. He learned Greek and Latin in the Low Countries, and entered Exeter College, Oxford, in 1655, studying philosophy. In 1657 he began to study medicine, anatomy and botany at Leyden. At the same time he studied chemistry from a German, was instructed by a surgeon and apothecary. He also went to Paris where he attended in the hospitals. He then returned to Holland and was made a fellow of the College of Physicians at the Hague. Eventually he settled in London working as a physician. Harvey became a prolific author, although many of his works were critical of both persons and practices in the medical community of the day, and earned him the ire of many contemporaries. His practice was thriving, however, and he was made "their majesties' physician of the Tower" under William and Mary, a position he held until his death, and was then succeeded by his son.

OCLC shows only 5 institutional holdings: Yale; Michigan; National Library of Medicine; Wellcome; and Cambridge University.

Provenance:Property sold to benefit Historic Madison, Inc., Madison, IN


Boards warped (front worse than rear). Head and tail of spimne rubbed and chipped. Pastedowns have come loose. Overall slight wrinkling, light edge toning of pages. 

Estimate: $300 - $500
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