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Cholera Epidemics in the 19th Century

The Great Plague of London, 1665

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

“Pestilence” and the Printed Books of the Late 15th Century

Spanish Influenza in North America, 1918–1919

Syphilis, 1494–1923

Tropical Diseases and the Construction of the Panama Canal, 1904–1914

Tuberculosis in Europe and North America, 1800–1922

The Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793

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A summary, historical and political, of the first planting, progressive improvements, and present state of the British settlements in North-America :  containing   / by William Douglass, M.D.
Douglass, William, ca. 1700-1752, creator
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Countway Medicine


Networked Resource
Place of Origin
Boston, New-England
Place of Origin
printed [s.n.]
re-printed for R. Baldwin
2 v., [1] folded leaf : col. map ; 21 cm.

E188 .D74
Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Discovery and exploration ;  United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 ;  Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History ;  Great Britain -- Colonies -- Administration ;  Smallpox -- America

Maps in Books

Public Health, 1700-1799

Medical Education and Practice

The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

The subtitle of the two volumes specifying the contents of each varies accordingly.

Originally issued in numbers: v. 1, Jan. 1747-May 1749; v. 2, April 1750-Aug. (?) 1752, but not printed in the "American magazine" as first announced by the publisher; left unfinished at the author's death in October 1752.

At end of table of contents of v. 1 is printed the direction "Place the map to face the title of vol. I"; the three maps described in the Introduction to v. 2, p. 20-21 ("originals composed and lately printed in the several countries"), however, are wanting in this ed.

The second volume ends at p. 416 (end of section XVI, Virginia); in a re-issue [1758?] of v. 2, with t.-p. "Boston ...1753" prefixed, pages 417-440 were added ("in order to render this work more compleat, the following is collected from Mr. Salmon's Geographical and historical grammar, printed in London 1757") [i.e. the 6th ed. 1758, events to Nov. 1758 being included].

"A digression concerning the smallpox": v. 2, p. 392-414.

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