THE CASE AGAINST A BRISTOL VET

ID: 24797
175.00
Horse cause. Barrister's notes of evidence, in the action Nisbett versus Kent,

TRIAL: NISBETT v. KENT,, Horse cause. Barrister's notes of evidence, in the action Nisbett versus Kent, tried at the Bristol Summer Assizes, August 21st, 1828, before Mr. Justice Park, and special jury: with observations, critical and explanatory. London: sold by Hurst, Chance and Co.; and W. Bulgin, Bristol. [1828].

8vo., 26pp., one or two trivial edge tears/nicks, 19th century stamp of the Birmingham Law Society> on title-page, preserved in modern wrappers with printed label on upper cover, entirely uncut. A good, large, copy.

John Kent, a veterinary surgeon practising in Bristol, is here the defendant in an action for damages brought against him by the owner of a horse which had died after being treated by John Kent. Although the jury found for the defendant, Kent thought it prudent - from a reputational point of view - to publish his defence, which he does here in some detail. The case seems to have turned on the prudence, or otherwise, of using a lancet rather than a phleme in safely bleeding the horse. Professional witnesses were not of a uniform view.