Coffin’s Botanical Journal And Medical Reformer.
Printed by B. D. Cousins, Helmut Court, Strand and published at The British-Medico-Botanic Establishment, 47 Duke Street, Lincoln's Inn-Fields.
8vo. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. 380 pp. Text in double columns. Bound in original cloth, gilt, with blind stamped decorative panels within borders on boards. Spine has splits, hinges and joints cracking and some browning of pages, but an otherwise good interior. Illustrated by portrait vignette at head of each monthly issue. Coffin's Botanical Journal was issued in monthly parts from January 1847 and bound into ten yearly volumes published 1849-61. The editorial office moved from Manchester to London in October 1851. (see p.153). The early life of Dr. Albert Isaiah Coffin (1790/91-1866) is somewhat obscure, but he is believed to have been born in Ohio, practised in upstate New York and left the US after a court case. He arrived in Britain from France in 1838. He advocated the therapeutic use of herbs (especially lobelia as an emetic and cayenne pepper for warming) and published a number of titles on medical botany and midwifery. Dr Coffin gained a following in the north of England, especially among Methodists and temperance reformers. He describes his successful reception in Sheffield and presentation with a breakfast service in the Cutlers' Hall (p.69). Some of his ideas were advanced for the time; he opposed corseting in women and the attendance of male doctors at childbirth (often the cause of transmission of infection at that time). News items in this issue warn of the hazards of mercury and lead poisoning. 'The later institutions of British herbalism, notably the National Institute of Medical Herbalists, can be traced to Coffin' (DNB).
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