On Peter P. Good, A Materia Medica Animalia
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This is a rare book in several senses. Not only are surviving copies scarce, but there is nothing much like it. Although a search of any serious library will reveal dozens—or even hundreds—of books with “materia medica” in the title, it can be confidently predicted that all of them will focus on substances derived from plants. Good did not set himself to swim completely against this tide; he had edited The Family Flora and Materia Medica Botanica before he turned his attention to the animal kingdom.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Humanities. History Section
Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine
Ritvo, Harriet. "A Materia Medica Animalia (1853) Peter P. Good" Chapter in Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine, edited by Michael Sappol ; designed by Laura Lindgren ; photography by Arne Svenson ; National Library of Medicine, New York: Blast Books, 2012. p.104.
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