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WHYTT, Robert (1714–1766)

An essay on the virtues of lime water in the cure of the stone ... With an appendix, containing the case of the Honourable Horatio Walpole, Esquire, written by himself

Edinburgh: printed by Hamilton, Balfour, and Neill, 1752
12mo, π6 A–P6 (P6 blank), pp. xii 178.
Condition: 162 x 97mm.
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt ruled spine with lozenge tool in each compartment, red morocco lettering piece, sprinkled edges. Insignificant rubbing.
Provenance: Cullen House (shelf marks); Sir Tobias Rodgers (price codes).
First edition. There were several further editions and translations into French and German.
Bibliography: ESTC t64138.

Whytt’s first book, an enlarged version of a paper published in the Edinburgh Medical Essays in 1743. This paper attracted much attention, though Whytt’s treatment of the stone by limewater and soap is now discarded.
A pupil of Monro primus and predecessor of William Cullen in the chair of medicine at Edinburgh, Whytt is considered one of the foremost physicians of the eighteenth century because of his contributions to clinical medicine and particularly to the understanding of reflex action. His major work, Observations on ... Nervous, Hypochondriac or Hysteric Disorders (1764), was the first important work on neurology in English since Willis.
The Horatio Walpole whose account of his own case is printed in the appendix was the first Baron Walpole (1687–1757), a younger brother of Sir Robert Walpole (see Pultney above) and uncle of Horace Walpole of Strawberry Hill.
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