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July 1963

An Account of the Foxglove and Some of Its Medical Uses: Practical Remarks on Dropsy and Other Diseases.

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Facsimile edition. By William Withering. Price, not given. Pp. 270, with one illustration. The Broomsleigh Press (Fudge & Co., Ltd.), Sardinia House, Kingsway, London, WC 2, England, 1785.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(1):143-144. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860010169029

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Not so long ago in a catalogue of rare old medical books, I saw for sale a first edition of Withering's An Account of the Foxglove and Some of Its Medical Uses: Practical Remarks on Dropsy and Other Diseases which was offered for more hundreds of dollars than I had ever seen or heard of lying around loose on terrain I control. I realized that this was out of my range and I was out of my depth. With the whimsical heroics of the academic posture I thought about other things. But not very long after this sad confrontation with facts, I found a facsimile edition, a true and exact reproduction of the original, including the beautiful frontispiece of the plant, Digitalis purpurea. This book, though not cheap, was within the boundaries of the possible. I obtained it. I had the eerie pleasure of cutting the leaves, something I must

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