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MEDICINE – IRIDOLOGY – GERMAN IMMIGRANTS: Der Krankheitsbefund aus dem Auge [Establishing the Disease from the Eye]. Zoom



MEDICINE – IRIDOLOGY – GERMAN IMMIGRANTS: Der Krankheitsbefund aus dem Auge [Establishing the Disease from the Eye].

 


An unusual scarce work on iridology was written in 1904 in German language in Chicago by Henry Lindlahr, later one of the pioneering authors of works on naturopathic medicine and hydrotherapy in the US.


Author: Heinrich Eduard LANE, i. e. Henry LINDLAHR (1862 –1924).
Place and Year: Chicago: Kosmos Publishing 1904.
Technique:
Code: 67470

Large 8°.  127 pp. with illustrations within text, VIII, [3] advertisements, original illustrated blue wrappers with blue linen spine, patterned end-papers, contemporary paste down illustrated advertisements on blue paper on the inner side of the covers (Very Good, binding slightly scuffed on edges, old manuscript annotations in the upper corners of the first endpapers and title page).

 

This unusual scarce richly illustrated work on iridology was written in German language in Chicago by Henry Lindlahr, and published in 1904. 

Iridology is an alternative medicine technique, which claims that patterns, colours, and other characteristics of the iris can determine different diseases in other parts of the body. The illustrations in the book represent parts of the iris, which are allegedly connected to different body parts and organs. 

Henry Lindlahr (1862-1924) was born in Cologne, Germany. In his youth he met Father Sebastian Kneipp (1821–1897), who helped Lindlahr and taught him the basics of at the time new healing process - hydrotherapy, or healing with water. After migrating to the US, Henry Lindlahr graduated from the National Medical University in Illinois, and, in 1902, he opened his practice in Chicago. Ha was a supporter of alterative and natural medicine, and was often criticized being a charlatan and a quack doctor. 

The book was probably influenced by a similar German book by Peter Johannes Thiel, Der Krankheitsbefund aus den Augen, first published in 1902, and republished in several editions in the next decades. Lindlahr’s book was published in the same year, in 1904, in English version with the title Diagnosis from the eye, ... The German version was probably published later in the year, hence the subtitle “Second Edition”. The translation was probably made for a large German speaking population in the US, and for the export to Germany as a response to a highly popular Thiel’s work.  

We could not find any European institutional copies.  

References: OCLC 798058882.  

€280.00