An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

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FESSENDEN, Thomas Green

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A poetical petition against tractorising trumpery and the Perkinistic institution: In four cantos. Most respectfully addressed to the Royal College of Physicians.

London: Printed for T. Hurst and J. Ginger by T. Bensley, 1803.

This medical satire in doggerel verse, which was ostensibly an attack on Perkins' metallic tractors, or "Perkinism" was actually written in support of them. The work was best known for its second and greatly expanded illustrated edition--the form in which it was reprinted in England and America through the 1830s: Terrible Tractoration!! A poetical Petition against galvanising Trumpery, and the Perkinistic Institution. In four Cantos. Most respectfully addressed to the Royal College of Physicians, by Christopher Caustic … Second Edition, with great Additions issued by the same publishers later in 1803.
Digital facsimile of the 1803 London second edition from the Hathi Trust at this link,
Digital facsimile of the first American edition (1804) reprinting the second London edition with additional illustrations, from the U.S. National Library of Medicine at this link.



Subjects: LITERATURE / Philosophy & Medicine & Biology › Poetry , Quackery