A Dissertation on the Properties and Efficacy of the Lisbon Diet-Drink, In the Cure of the Venereal Disease, the Scurvy, and other Disorders arising from an Impure State of the Blood; together with Reflections on the Use and Abuse of Mercury, and the Manner of its Action on the Solids and Fluids… distinguished from each other.

  • Leake, John
  • London: Printed for R. Baldwin 1767
  • ESTC N1894.


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FOURTH EDITION, 12mo, pp. viii, 132 + 1 plate. Extracted from a volume, retaining portion of leather spine. A little foxing, title-page slightly tanned. Ink ownership inscription of ‘Cha. Platt’ to title-page.


The scarce fourth edition of physician John Leake's (1729-1792) work on the treatment of scurvy and venereal disease using a quack tonic (reportedly based on liquorice, sarsparilla, and guaiac wood). The Lisbon Diet Drink was expensive - half a guinea a bottle, two bottles a day in a standard dose - but attracted the attention of many sufferers, among them James Boswell. ESTC locates only one copy of this edition in Ireland and two in North America.

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