THEORY AND PRACTICE OF HOMOEOPATHY, 1840 FIRST EDITION
(HOMEOPATHY) ROSENSTEIN, I.G. Theory and Practice of Homoeopathy… with Dietetic Rules, etc. Louisville: Henkle & Logan, 1840. 12mo, contemporary marbled boards, later half sheep. $1100.
First edition of this treatise and defense of the practice of homeopathy.
Founded by the German scientist Samuel C. F. Hahnemann at the end of the 18th century, the system of homeopathy is based partly upon the Paracelsian belief that diseases or their symptoms are curable by those drugs producing similar pathologic effects on the body, and that the effect of a drug is heightened by administration in extremely small doses. While debunked today, at the time some homoeopathic principles and practices could prove less harmful than standard medical practice, which still might incorporate bloodletting, purging, and potentially toxic medicinal compounds. Contains a number of letters from physicians attesting to the value of homoeopathic treatments.
Short closed tear to W2, affecting text but not legibility. Some foxing to text. Boards with light edge-wear; very good condition.