Title page of Walter Harris' Morbus acutis infantum, 1736
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            WALTER HARRIS (1647-1732)

    Although an Englishman and a graduate of Oxford, Walter Harris studied medicine in France. He returned to England and became a successful physician. He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and was appointed physician to King William and attended Queen Mary during her last illness. He wrote a number of essays, on such topics as venereal diseases, the plague, and diarrhea in infants. He was a strong advocate of inoculation against smallpox.
     In 1689 he published, De morbis acutis infantum, which deals with the diseases of children. It is one of the earliest works on pediatrics, becoming a standard in the field, passing through eighteen editions over the next fifty-three years. It was translated into English in 1742 as A Treatise of Acute Diseases of Infants.
    This copy, the fourth edition, was published in 1736 in Amsterdam, Holland.
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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