CAFFARELLI, Giuseppe. ~ Sul Cholera di Francia. Torino: Fodratti, [ 1833].
8vo (227 × 138 mm), pp. 80. Uncut and partly unopened in original publisher’s printed glazed pink wrappers. Inscription to head of upper cover: ‘A S.E.M. le C[om]te Sales / Hommage respectueux de l’auteur’. Wrapper slight creased, but an excellent copy.
First separate edition, presentation copy, reprinted from the Annali degli Medicina, January/Febraury 1833. The second cholera pandemic of the 1830s hit France harder than most other European countries. Spreading from the Far East via Russia, it appeared in Western Europe in 1831. In Paris it is estimated that 20,000 died (from a population of 650,000) with about 100,000 deaths across France. Caffarelli, a Piedmontese corresponding member of the Paris Société des Sciences Physiques, Chimiques et Arts industriels here considers the symptoms and progress of the disease, its treatment (both internal and external) according to contemporary methods. Internal treatments considered include bloodletting, ipecacuanha, Dover’s powder (ipecacuanha, opium and potassium sulphate), quinine, coffee and tisane. External treatments include bathing (cold baths), electro-puncture and galvanism. National Library of Medicine only in Worldcat. No copies located in French or British libraries.