Richardus Morton M.D. Colleg: Med: Lond: Soc:
Engraving. 160 x 95mm. 6¼ x 3¾". Some scuffing the paper surface in image area.
Dr Richard Morton (1637-1698) was an English physician; frontispiece to Morton's "Pyretologia, seu Exercitationes de morbis universalibus". He was the first to state that tubercles were always present in the tuberculosis disease of the lungs. The paper, to which this portrait acts as frontis to, is significant partly due to the fact that the disease received little study by other doctors of the time despite it being a major cause of death, accounting for over 18% of all deaths in the City of London in 1700; it was is significant in that it contains the first recognised medical descriptions of the wasting condition now known as Anorexia Nervosa.
Ex Norman Blackburn Collection. W: 2076-2.
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