Lectures on Physiology by Mr. Thackrah. Commencing Jan. 31, 1823. Charles Turner Thackrah.

Over 200 pages of unpublished lectures by the father of occupational medicine

Lectures on Physiology by Mr. Thackrah. Commencing Jan. 31, 1823

N.p. [Britain, probably Leeds: 1823.]. 2 volumes, 4to, pp. 166; 47; approx. 50,000 words, in ink, very legible; ownership signature of "W. Bathhurst / 1823" on the free endpaper of each volume, so ostensibly class notes taken by him; but the neatness of the manuscript suggests this is a faircopy and Bathurst's name may just be that of an owner and not necesarily that of a student (see below). Original roan-backed marbled boards; spines chaffed, but the binding is sound and the manuscript clean. Several quires of the paper are watermarked "Fellows and Sons, 1821." Ten detailed lectures "On digestion," "Digestion continued," "On diet," "On absorbsion, the blood, secretion," "On the circulation of the blood," "On respiration," "Respiration continued, voice and speech, muscular action," "Motion continued," "Functions of the nervous system," and, "Functions of the nervous system continued." The same year as these lectures Thackrah published Outlines of a course of lectures on Physiology (Leeds, 1823) but the book is just that, an outline, and is only 26 pages long, yet certainly based on these lectures. Each lecture in his Outline corresponds exactly with the titles of the lectures in the manuscript. A surgeon and apothecary of Leeds (1795-1833) Thackrah was a pioneer in the field of occupational medicine. He was the author of The effects of the principal arts, trades, and professions, and of civic states and habits of living, on health and longevity, (London, 1831) of which it is said in Garrison-Morton was “The first systematic publication in Great Britain on industrial disease and its prevention.” The son of a chemist and druggist, he was qualified to practise in 1816, before returning to Leeds and taking up the post of Town Surgeon, a position which gave him ample opportunity to witness the illnesses and injuries suffered by employees. He also established himself as an educator, becoming Joint Inaugural Secretary to the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society in 1819, opening his School of Anatomy in 1826 and being a founder of the medical school in Leeds in 1831. He died of tuberculosis in 1833, at the age of 38. The W. Bathurst whose ownership inscription is on the endpapers is possibly the Rev. W. H. Bathurst, M.A. who was president of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, 1826-28. Item #57522

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