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Benjamin Smith Barton: Naturalist and Physician in Jeffersonian America

Biography / MemoirMonograph

Series: Monographs in Systematic Botany (MSB) Volume: 100

By: Joseph Ewan and Nesta Dunn Ewan

1144 pages, Illus

Missouri Botanical Garden Press

Hardback | Apr 2007 | #151174 | ISBN-13: 9781930723351
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NHBS Price: £29.50 $36/€33 approx

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Although Barton was a naturalist by inclination, medicine was to be his livelihood. The many pupils he helped prepare for the expanding young nation sometimes attained greater recognition than he, yet he labored on, using his Philadelphia medial practice as the means by which he funded his own botanical studies. Barton was a teacher of 182 recorded medical pupils, and author of 194 published titles, one of which was the first textbook of botany in America, the several editions of his 'Elements'. Much of this work remained in manuscript form, due to an often frustrating lack of financial backing in a new nation recovering from war and far more interested in history and religion than in the sciences.

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