WASH THE INFANT WITH MILK, ALE OR WINE

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A general and compleat treatise on all the diseases incident to children, from their birth to the age of fifteen.

ASTRUC, John i.e. Jean,, A general and compleat treatise on all the diseases incident to children, from their birth to the age of fifteen. With particular instructions to tender mothers, prudent midwives, and careful nurses. The whole made familiar to every capacity. By the learned Dr. John Astruc, Regius Professor of Medicine at Paris. And Chief Physician to his present Majesty the King of France, &c. London: John Nourse. 1746.

8vo., x + 229 + (1)pp., contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, worn, with the marbled paper sides defective, nonetheless a good and sound copy, entirely uncut and internally fine.

First edition in English.

Astruc's medical credentials rest largely on his treatise on syphilis and venereal diseases, but he also published an extensive treatise on gynaecology and the diseases peculiar to women (Traité des maladies des femmes, 6 vols., Paris, 1761-5). Although Anstruc's treatise on children is regarded as somewhat pedestrian, it does nonetheless have some points of interest, e.g.: "How to cleanse a new-born babe. During the nine months the child is in the womb, it gathers a thick and whitish matter, with which it is covered when born, and which mixing with the blood that is shed in labour, makes the child look somewhat disagreeable: let her therefore wash the infant all over with milk, ale, or some wine and water a little warm'd .....". [p.9].