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Richard Morton portrait engraving doctor physician Robert White

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Richard Morton MD


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Original antique medical print


Richard Morton (1637-1698) was an English physician who was the first to state that tubercles were always present in the tuberculosis disease of the lungs. His landmark paper Phthisiologica, seu exercitationes de phthisi libris comprehensae. Totumque opus variis histories illustratum was published in Latin in 1689, with an English translation appearing in 1694. It's significance is partly due to the disease receiving little study by other doctors of the time despite it being a major cause of death; accounting for over 18% all deaths in the City of London in 1700. The paper is also significant in that it also contains the first recognized medical descriptions of the wasting condition now known as Anorexia Nervosa. Some toning. '1694' inscribed in title area.

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artist Robert White (1645-1703)
method Copper-line engraving
date C1690
size 165mm by 105mm
SKU MD6237