London: Printed for the Author, 21 Great Coram Street, Brunswick Square; and published by Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1814. First Edition. 12mo (10.5 x 17cm) xxiii, , 92,  pp., with stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece, half-title and final errata leaf (offsetting to title-page from frontispiece). Contemporary red morocco, boards bordered in gilt with gilt lozenge design, flat spine gilt-titled & decorated with urn tool, turquoise pastedowns, all edges gilt. Item #2678
Presentation inscription "With the Author's respects, To his learned friend Professor Münster." Finely bound copies of medical works, presentation or otherwise, are uncommon. The present volume, in gilt-tooled red morocco, is a rare "medical essay on the nature, cause and cure of coughs" by the quack doctor William Brodum (fl. 1767-1824). Born in Copenhagen to Jewish parents, most probably as Issachar Cohen, he moved to London, adopting the name Brodum and styling himself as a citizen of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Northern Germany. In the 1780s he became established as a vendor of patent medicines, in 1791 obtaining a medical doctorate from Marischal College in Aberdeen. In "A Guide to old age" (London, 1795), Brodum recommended the two preparations on which his wealth was founded: his "nervous cordial" and his "botanical syrup." The present treatise on coughs, dedicated to the Prince Regent, is an attempt at a more serious medical work, with Brodum desiring "to render his personal studies subservient to the benefit of the community." He cites the opinions of numerous authorities including Morgnani, Boerhaave, Sydenham and Willis, while adding observations on diet and regimen drawn from his own experience. The frontispiece displays a stipple-engraved portrait medallion depicting Brodum.
Wellcome II, 244 (the only copy listed in COPAC) to which Worldcat adds only four others (Countway only in the U.S. and Canada).