MACBRIDE, David. A METHODICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF PHYSIC. London: Printed for W. Strahan [et al], 1772. First edition. [4], iii[-xvi], 660 pp. Quarto. Contemporary calf binding with red morocco spine label. Binding is worn, scuffed, and soiled, with joints split; though the boards remain attached by the sewing cords. Ex library, with minimal marks: an inobtrusive shelf label on spine and only two ink stamps within. Text is mostly clean, with only occasional mild foxing and some ink staining. Several early ink ownerships: The earliest is that of Wm. Cullen (perhaps the noted Scottish chemist and physician) on ffep., with several lines eradicated below it; a 1786 gift inscription to Ephraim Eliot, an apothecary and the first president of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, from his brother John on title page; and the signature of Ephraim Eliot's son, John Fleet Eliot, also an apothecary, on half-title and title page, dated 1827, with three of his apothecary labels laid down on the front pastedown instead of a bookplate. John F. Eliot was also a Boston antiquary, the author of "Mother Goose Melodies."
David Macbride (1726-1778), chemist and physician, was born at Ballymoney, co. Antrim, Ireland. His medical education began with an apprenticeship to a local surgeon. After which he entered the Royal Navy, where he was a mate aboard a hospital ship and then a surgeon during the war of Austrian succession (1741-8). After the war he studied anatomy with Monro Secundus in Edinburgh and with William Hunter in London, where he also studied midwifery with William Smellie. Macbride set up practice at Dublin in 1752. The text of this book is based upon a course of medical lectures he gave in his home in the winter of 1766-7. It was translated into Latin in 1774 and reissued in an enlarged edition in Dublin in 1776. Macbride is mainly remembered mainly for his work on scurvy. The appendix to this work (pp. 639-660) contains an account of the effects of wort, or infusion of malt, in curing scurvy at sea. References: Wellcome IV, p. 5; D.N.B.; Eliot, W. G., A Sketch.., pp. 44-45 & 122.