"The first half of the text is devoted to chemistry and is separately indexed. This covers basic rules and concepts but is
skewed toward making up compounds and the actions of various elements with one another -- evidently a preparation for the
following series. The notes to Dietetics takes up about 70 pages and is an uncommon inclusion in such a lecture series. It
comes with its own index and covers nutrition, digestion, food preparation, commentary on Dioscorides, and diet in relation
to various health regimens. The sections on materia medica and pharmacy make up the remainder of the text and are separately
indexed. They are laden with recipes and suggestions for cures."--Antiquarian bookseller's description.
William Irvine, FRSE (1743?-1787) was a Scottish doctor and chemist who served as assistant to Joseph Black in his experiments,
on the latent heat of steam, at the University of Glasgow. Irvine began lecturing on Materia Medica at Glasgow University
in 1766. In 1770 he succeeded John Robison as Professor of Chemistry (Robison having replaced Black in 1766). He twice served
as President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: 1775 to 1777 and 1783 to 1785. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Irvine_(chemist),
accessed 7 January 2017).
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