Hoffman  R131 .F86 1727
 

 


                  JOHN FREIND (1675-1728)

     John Friend, who was trained as a physician, also turned his attention to the history of medicine. Suspected of Jacobite sympathy, he spent nearly a year in the Tower of London. During that time he wrote his most important work, The History of Physic from the Time of Galen to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century, “to pass away a few leisure hours.”  With this study he gained the reputation as the first English medical historian.
     The History of Physick
was published in two volumes in 1725, and it passed through numerous later editions and translations. It still remains a good chronicle, particularly concerning English medicine during the Renaissance.
     This copy is the first volume of the third edition, published in two volumes in 1727.
    

Portrait of John Freind

 

 

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