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YOUNG, Thomas.
A Practical and Historical Treatise on Consumptive Diseases, Deduced from Original Observations, and Collected from Authors of All Ages.

pp. xii, 496. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, newly rebacked, the original binder had discarded the half-title, a very good copy.

*SEE GARRISON-MORTON #1486/7/8 - 'The versatile Young is regarded as one of the greatest of all scientists............ the 'Father of Physiological Optics' established the wave theory of light.........'. SEE ALSO G-M #6751 'An Introduction to Medical Literature......', 1813 : 'The remarkable Thomas Young compiled this bibliography which he considered necessary to a complete medical library.' THOMAS YOUNG (1773-1829), known to his contemporaries at Cambridge as 'Phenomenon Young', was a fluent reader at age two and at fourteen was the private classical tutor to Hudson Gurney, to whom he has dedicated the above work. At that time he had a thorough acquaintance of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Persian and Arabic and French, Italian and Spanish. He added German when he went to Edinburgh to continue his studies in 1794, aged 21. He subsequently studied in Gottingen, obtained his doctorate in physic and travelled back to London, stopping off for periods of study in Dresden, Hamburg and Berlin. In 1797 he was at Cambridge and two years later, having inherited property and money on the death of his uncle, he set up in practice as a physician in London. Despite a busy life in practice, Young's genius drove him to investigate various topics in natural philosophy. He was appointed professor in that discipline at the Royal Institution in 1801, only resigning in 1803 after having delivered ninety-one lectures there (his friends persuaded him that his work at the R.I. interfered with his duty as a physician). Young was so far ahead of his contemporaries that he was not aware of the intellectual gap; consequently his lectures and writings have have always been thought of as obscure. Nonetheless, his contributions to scientific advance have been profound. He is considered the founder of physiological optics, was the first to describe astigmatism, to demonstrate accommodation as being due to the changes in curvature of the lens, to explain colour sensation and the cause of colour blindness. His work on circulatory hydraulics was basic. Outside of medicine, he produced fundamental work in physical optics, thermodynamics, elasticity and hydraulics. He was the first to use the term 'energy' and the expression 'labour expended', the first to produce a coherent theory of tidal flow, and not least, the first to decipher certain Egyptian heiroglyphs.

For Underwood and Callow. London.

Date Published: 1815.

Stock No. 62467

Price: 1,250.00