On the principle of vitality. A discourse delivered in the First Church in Boston, Tuesday, June 8th, 1790. Before the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Benjamin Waterhouse.

On the principle of vitality. A discourse delivered in the First Church in Boston, Tuesday, June 8th, 1790. Before the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Boston: printed by Thomas and John Fleet, 1790. 8vo, pp. [4], 24, [4]; removed from binding, wrappers wanting; trimmed and a bit toned; all else very good. With leaf of appendix and list of members at the end, among whom Elbridge Gerry, Robert Treat Paine, and Paul Revere. Waterhouse (1754-1846) was a native of Newport, Rhode Island, and studed in both London and Edinburgh, and lived with John Adams in Leyden, and was later a professor of physic at Harvard. "As early as 1782 he suggested the formation of a humane society in Rhode Island, similar to those already active in Europe, and in 1785 he drew up plans, with Dr. Henry Moyes of Edinburgh, for the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After some friction with other founding members, he gave a discourse, June 8, 1790, on The Principle of Vitality, showing the importance of long-continued artificial respiration" (DAB). Austin 2011; Evans 23038; Sabin 102061. Item #57410

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