Hoffman RB144 .B55 1818
JOHN BLACKALL (1771-1860)
John Blackall, an English physician, whose book,
Observations on the Nature and Cures of Dropsies, was first
published in 1814. Dropsies are white clouds in urine and were observed
by Hippocrates. The 13th-century Italian physician Saliceto
provided a classic description of dropsy, scanty urine, and contracted
kidneys, and the Arab physician Rhazes had observed the association
between damaged kidneys and dropsy. Albumin (or “albumen”) in urine had
been well documented by Blackall's age.
Blackall's book was widely used and it pointed out that
some cases of dropsy were associated with coagulable urine, but he
failed to make the link between this phenomenon and disease of the
kidneys. Blackall appears to have been uncertain as to the
exact origin of the albumin in the urine.
It was not until 1827 that Dr. Richard Bright
discovered the link of albumen and kidney disease. Probably, the main
reason for Bright's success and Blackall's failure was that Bright
carried out post mortem examinations of his patients, something Blackall
did not do.
This is a copy of the third edition, published in 1818
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