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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
published in 1736 in Amsterdam, Holland.
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