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A friendly debate, or, A dialogue, between Academicus, and Sawny & Mundungus, two eminent physicians, about some of their late performances
Friendly debate
Dialogue, between Academicus and Sawny & Mundungus, two eminent physicians, about some of their late performances
Dialogue, between Academicus, and Sawny & Mundungus
Greenwood, Isaac, 1702-1745, creator
Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728
Walter, Thomas, 1696-1725
Boylston, Zabdiel, 1679-1766, dedicatee.
Green, Bartholomew, 1667-1732, printer.
HOLLIS IDDigital ObjectLocation

Networked Resource
Place of Origin
Boston, in N. E
[2], ii, 24 p. ; 17 cm (8vo)

humor, satire


WZ 270 G816f 1722
Boston ;  Smallpox -- prevention & control ;  Williams, John ;  Douglass, William ;  Smallpox -- Vaccination -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Early works to 1800 ;  Boylston, Zabdiel , 1680-1766 ;  Douglass, William , approximately 1700-1752 ;  Williams, John , 1664-1729 ;  United StatesMassachusettsBoston

Public Health, 1700-1799

Medical Education and Practice


The Boston Smallpox Epidemic, 1721

Satirical debate directed against Dr. William Douglas (Sawney) and John Williams (Mundungus), opponents of smallpox inoculation at Boston. (See Holmes).

"By Isaac Greenwood with the collaboration of Cotton Mather" (T.J. Holmes. Cotton Mather, a bibliography (Cambridge [Mass.], 1940), p. 398); J. C. Trumbull suggested Thomas Walter, Cotton Mather's nephew, as author (See George Brinley. Catalogue of the American library of the late Mr. George Brinley, of Hartford, Conn. (Hartford, 1787-1893), no. 1647).

Probably printed by Bartholomew Green. (See Holmes, p. 398, 400).

Dedicated to Dr. Zabdiel Boylston.

A rejoinder by "Rusticus" was published in Boston in the same year under title: A friendly debate, or, A dialogue between Rusticus and Academicus.

Signatures: A-C⁴ [D]².

"Advertisement" against a book "lately published" by Dr. W. D. (i. e., William Douglass. Inoculation of the small pox as practised in Boston (Boston, 1722)): p. [2] (1st group).

Appendix, containing a vocabulary of the Mundungian language: p. 22-24.

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