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A rare first edition of John Abercrombie’s Inquiries on Intellectual Powers, which investigates the realities between science and art.

John Abercrombie (1780 – 1844), was a Scottish physician and philosopher. The Chambers Biographical Dictionary says of him that after Dr James Gregory’s death, he was “recognized as the first consulting physician in Scotland”.

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1830 1ed John Abercrombie SIGNED Intellectual Powers Scottish Philosophy RARE

A rare first edition of John Abercrombie’s Inquiries on Intellectual Powers, which investigates the realities between science and art.

John Abercrombie (1780 – 1844), was a Scottish physician and philosopher. The Chambers Biographical Dictionary says of him that after Dr James Gregory’s death, he was “recognized as the first consulting physician in Scotland”.

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Main author: John Abercrombie

Title: Inquiries concerning the intellectual powers and the investigation of truth. By John Abercrombie, M. D. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, &c. and First Physician to His Majesty in Scotland.

Published: Edinburgh : Waugh and Innes ; Glasgow: M. Ogle ; Dublin: W. Curry, Jun. & Co. ; London: Whittaker, Treacher & Arnot, M.DCCC.XXX. [1830]

Language: English

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    • Signed, inscribed presentation note – “With best Compliments, from the Author”
  • Original publisher’s cloth binding

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Publisher: Edinburgh : Waugh and Innes ; Glasgow: M. Ogle ; Dublin: W. Curry, Jun. & Co. ; London: Whittaker, Treacher & Arnot, M.DCCC.XXX. [1830]

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John Abercrombie, FRSE, FRCSE, FRCPE (10 October 1780 – 14 November 1844), was a Scottish physician and philosopher. The Chambers Biographical Dictionary says of him that after Dr James Gregory’s death, he was “recognized as the first consulting physician in Scotland”.[1]

He was the official physician to Heriot’s Hospital and Physician to the King for Scotland.[2]

Contents  [hide]

1              Life

2              See also

3              Notes

4              References

5              External links

Life[edit]

He was the son of the Reverend George Abercrombie, the minister of East Church, Aberdeen, he was educated at the Grammar School and Marischal College, University of Aberdeen. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh, and after graduating as M.D. in 1803 he settled down to practise in that city, where he soon attained a leading position.

From 1816 he published various papers in the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, which formed the basis of his more extensive works: Pathological and Practical Researches on Diseases of the Brain and Spinal Cord, regarded as the first textbook in neuropathology, and Researches on the Diseases of the Intestinal Canal, Liver and other Viscera of the Abdomen, both published in 1828. In 1821 he was elected to the Royal College of Surgeons. For his services as a physician and philanthropist he received many marks of distinction, including the Rectorship of Marischal College in 1835.

In 1831 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposer being Thomas Charles Hope, and served as Vice-President of the Society from 1835 to 1844.[3]

In 1831, whilst treating his colleague James Crawford Gregory, he contracted typhus, but appears to have recovered.[4]

He also found time for philosophical speculations, and in 1830 he published his Inquiries concerning the Intellectual Powers of Man and the Investigation of Truth, which was followed in 1833 by a sequel, The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings. Both works showed little originality of thought; they achieved wide popularity at the time of their publication, but have long been superseded.

An elder of the Church of Scotland, he also wrote The man of faith: or the harmony of Christian faith and Christian character (1835),[5] which he pretended to distribute freely. In 1841, he was partially paralyzed, but was able to return to his practice of medicine.

He died at his home, 19 York Place, Edinburgh, in 1844 of a ruptured coronary artery.[3]

He is buried against the east wall of St Cuthberts Churchyard adjacent to the gateway into Princes Street Gardens.

A year after his death his Essays (1845) on Christian ethics were published.

Category

Philosophy

Authors

John Abercrombie

Printing Date

19th Century

Language

English

Binding

Hardcover

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete