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VAUGHAN (Walter). An Essay, Philosophical and Medical Concerning Modern Clothing.1792

Rochester: Printed by W. Gillman, First and only edition, x, [4], 114pp., with a half-title, and with a leaf of contents and an errata leaf bound after the preface, old library stamp to title-page, orig. boards, rebacked, uncut. Walter Vaughan, M. D., was born in 1766, at Frome, in Somerset, and was the son of Walter Hamilton Vaughan, M.D., a much respected physician in that town. After receiving his preliminary education under a relative of his mother, he commenced his education at Winchester, by way of an apprenticeship to a surgeon; after which he entered at the united Borough hospitals. He then proceeded to Leyden, where he graduated doctor of medicine 18th July, 1786. After travelling for some time on the continent he returned to London where he was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 1st October, 1792. Dr. Vaughan then settled at Rochester, where he continued until his death in 1828. Here Vaughan advocates woollen fabrics 'the most natural the most wholesome' over silks, and gives his concerns over modern clothing and the effects of heat and cold. He considered women's cotton and silken stockings caused 'cancer, inflammation, and even abortion' and proposed that stocking be made with toes. Not in Goldsmiths'-Kress.

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