Here we read that the book was originally intended to be a 'private Paper of Instructions' to a particular gentleman suffering from Gout.
About Observations concerning the Nature and due Method of Treating Gout
This book examines the nature of gout, and the restorative effects of the Bath waters. Published in 1720, the author lists all the harmful effects of an Englishman's lifestyle: 'the Rankness of the Soil, the Richness of the Provisions; the living so much on Flesh Meats; the Inconstancy of the Weather, and the indulging in sedentary Amusements, or Speculative Studies.' To combat these problems, he writes, 'kind Heaven has provided Bath Waters.'