Was Dr. Hunter a Charlatan? [Trial]. Hunter, Robert, Plaintiff. Pall Mall Gazette, Respondent. Dr. Hunter Versus Pall Mall Gazette: Being a Verbatim Report of the Medical Evidence Given by Dr. Williams, Dr. Risdon Bennett, Dr. Orlando Markham, Dr. George Johnson, Dr. Cotton, Dr. Richard Quain and Dr. Odling, Showing Their Opinions on the Nature, Causes and Cure of Consumption: With Explanatory Remarks by Dr. Hunter, The Plaintiff. London: Printed by C. Mitchell and Co., 1867. 404 pp. 4 woodcut text illustrations. Octavo (8" x 5"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces to spine. Light soiling and shelfwear, some chipping to edges of lettering pieces. Moderate toning to text, minor stains to a few leaves, light soiling, a faint stain and a library stamp to title page, library annotations to verso. A scarce title. $1,000. * Only edition. One of the most famous cases of its day, it is fascinating for it insights into medical jurisprudence, the Victorian medical profession and the treatment of tuberculosis (consumption). Hunter, an American doctor, had antagonized English doctors by claiming to have developed a better set of therapies to treat the tuberculosis. A shrewd self-promoter, he publicized his views widely and attracted a large number of patients. He had several critics. One of them published an article attacking him in the Pall Mall Gazette titled "Dupes and Imposters." Hunter sued. After many hours of medical testimony, the jury "vindicated" Hunter, but awarded him only 1 farthing in damages. This contemptuous award indicated that the jury considered him a charlatan. OCLC locates 12 copies, 3 in North American law libraries (Harvard, Jenkins, Social Law). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School II:1109.
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