Book, 'Modern Domestic Medicine'; Thomas John Graham; 1827; XMM.375


Book, 'Modern Domestic Medicine'

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Book; titled 'Modern Domestic Medicine', by Thomas John Graham, published in London, 1827. At the preface to the third edition is the inked signature of 'Francis White, Auckland'. The book covers an enormous number of causes and remedies 'intended as a medical guide for the use of clergymen, heads of families and invalids'. The book has marbled paper covers and brown leather spine edging plus corner bindings, but no spine.

Home medical books such as this one were popular in 19th century New Zealand as most medical treatment came in the form of domestic health care. Missionaries often took on the role of health care provider to their 'flock', dispensing medicines and establishing rudimentary 'native' hospitals. Francis White (1800-1877) was the brother of William White, the superintendant of the Wesleyan mission at Hokianga. In 1834 he sailed to New Zealand with his family to join William at Mangungu. Francis and his family remained at Hokianga until 1850, when they shifted to Auckland.

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Thomas John Graham

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paper; leather


22.2 x 14 x 3.5cm

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Collection of Mangungu Mission House, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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