Cautions to young persons concerning health in public lecture delivered at the close of the medical course in the Chapel of Cambridge Nov. 20, 1804; containing the general doctrine of chronic diseases, shewing the evil tendency of the use of tobacco upon young persons; more especially in the pernicious effects of smoking cigars; with observations on the use of ardent and vinous spirits in general. Benjamin Waterhouse.
Cautions to young persons concerning health in public lecture delivered at the close of the medical course in the Chapel of Cambridge Nov. 20, 1804; containing the general doctrine of chronic diseases, shewing the evil tendency of the use of tobacco upon young persons; more especially in the pernicious effects of smoking cigars; with observations on the use of ardent and vinous spirits in general

Inscribed by Richard Henry Dana to William Ellery

Cautions to young persons concerning health in public lecture delivered at the close of the medical course in the Chapel of Cambridge Nov. 20, 1804; containing the general doctrine of chronic diseases, shewing the evil tendency of the use of tobacco upon young persons; more especially in the pernicious effects of smoking cigars; with observations on the use of ardent and vinous spirits in general

[Cambridge, Mass.]: printed at the University Press by W. Hillard, 1805. First edition, 8vo, pp. 32; original blue wrappers; old fold, wrappers chipped and torn, with ink stain penetrating three leaves of text, but not obscuring meaning. With a gift inscription from the poet and lawyer Richard H. Dana, to his grandfather, William Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island. The contemporary ink title on the front wrapper ("Waterhouse on the pernicious effects of Tobacco") is in Ellery's hand, and so likely many underlinings and tick marks in text. A speech on the many dangers of smoke and drink. It ends with "abandon the custom, lest you pierce with anguish the hearts of your affectionate parents!" Waterhouse was born and raised in Rhode Island, and after receiving a medical education abroad became professor of the Harvard Medical School while lecturing at Rhode Island College. He was the first doctor to test the smallpox vaccine in the United States, applying it to four of his children. He is considered the most famous physician native to Newport. "In addition to being the leading early champion of vaccination in America, he was the most important popularizer of science in New England from the 1780s to the early 1800s, the leading link between Boston and the British medical community during the quarter century after the revolutionary war, and an important literary figure." (ANBO). Item #56934

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