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02 Mar 2017 16:30 GMT

Christison, Robert, M.D.

A Treatise on Poisons, in Relation to Medical Jurisprudence, Physiology, and the Practice of Physic

Published: Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh, 1836

Edition: Third Edition

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Estimate: $50 - 60

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Third Edition 1836, (1829) Adam and Charles Black, Edinburgh. Octavo, 230mm x 150mm, xxiv, 876 pages. Black cloth boards with titles on paper pasted to spine. Untrimmed edges. One plate illustrating flasks, tubes, pipes and funnels. Preface to Third Edition, Preface to First Edition, Contents and Index.

The standard Victorian work on forensic toxicology: "A systematic treatise on toxicology, the principles regarding the physiology, symptoms and pathology of poisoning", it includes sections on arsenic, opium, alcohol, tobacco, gases and venomous snakes.

Robert Christison (born July 18, 1797 in Edinburgh; died January 23, 1882) was a prominent analytical toxicologist. He experimented extensively with poisons and was appointed as medical officer to the Crown in Scotland and investigated numerous criminal cases, using his extensive knowledge of poisons. Among the books he published are Granular Degeneration of the Kidneys (1839), and Commentary on the Pharmacopoeias of Great Britain (1842).

Condition: Well worn boards and spine loose, but included, as are the first few and last few pages. Intermittent foxing throughout. Loss to spine and title. Previous owners named dated 1837 ffep and title page. Rest of text block sound and tight. Worth rebinding.

  • Binding Condition: Poor
  • Overall Condition: Fair
  • Size: 230mm x 150mm

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