702 pp. Large 4to, cont. green half-cloth. London: Printed for the Editor, and Published by G. Churchill, .
First English edition, and the first publication on the other side of the Atlantic, of the first account of ether anaesthesia. See Garrison-Morton 5651 for the appearance of this paper in the Boston Medical & Surgical Journal some six weeks previous. The present work was thus the first account published in Europe of an operation performed with the aid of ether anaesthesia.
“The original title [as in the Boston Medical & Surgical Journal] was not given. Jacob Bigelow, the father of H.J. Bigelow, wrote on 28...
Four numbers with important articles about the growing use of ether anesthesia (under the auspices of the “letheon”). “Ethereal Vapor” on pages 472-73, written by an anonymous physician, raises doubts about the safety of the titular substance. Pages 489-90 contain an article by Dr. Horace Kimball of New York, who is greatly satisfied with his use of the letheon, allowing him to extract 17 teeth from a patient with minimal suffering. On page 514, using the pseudonym “Claudian,” an anonymous author criticizes the conduct of Morton and Jackson and also warns of the overuse of the letheon. On page 542...
A significant document; the initial rejection of Morton’s claim in favor of Jackson’s with the support of extensive testimonials and evidence. Alexander Evans, a member of the House committee, affirms on the final page that “after considering the subject, and reading the evidence upon the part as well of Dr. Jackson as of Dr. Morton, he has arrived at the conclusion that Dr. Charles T. Jackson is the original discoverer of the application of purified sulphuric ether, by inhalation, as a means of preventing pain from surgical operations.”
26 woodcut illus. Seven vols. in one. Oblong 8vo, orig. wrappers (a bit rubbed), printed title labels on upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: 1760.
Second edition (1st ed.: Osaka, 1686) of this uncommon and early surgical work (“surgical” is used here in its widest sense); WorldCat locates only one copy of our edition (NLM). Jinbo (active 1688), has provided a number of case histories, divided by the sections of the body (chest and abdomen, extremities, and the head). There are substantial sections on burns, skin diseases, syphilitic symptoms, emergency medicine (frozen bodies, resuscitation from drowning), antidotes for food poisoning, treatment for occupational...
27 pp. 8vo, attractive antique green-morocco & marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Boston: Thurston, Torry, 1849.
A pamphlet compiled to support Dr. Charles T. Jackson’s claim that he was responsible for the discovery of anesthesia rather than William T. G. Morton. Jackson, a prominent chemist, contested that he had advised Morton on methods of pain relief, specifically ether anesthesia, as early as September of 1846.
Miller (1872-1959), “a largely unsung pioneer of anesthesiology,” developed several new techniques and served as president of the American Association of Anesthetists (now known as the International Anesthesia Research Society). A native of Lewiston, Maine, he returned there after studying at Columbia. He also worked at the Rhode Island Hospital and was responsible for establishing other anesthesiology departments around the state.
This paper won the 66th Fisk Fund Prize Essay award.
First edition of the first experimental study of cocaine. “For this 1868 doctoral dissertation, Moréno y Maïz, a former Peruvian army surgeon, conducted the first experimental studies on cocaine. He suggests that cocaine has a sensory paralyzing effect and that it could be used as a local anesthetic. The paper is one of the earliest studies on the pharmacology of cocaine, and one of the earliest suggesting its properties as a local anesthetic.”–Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, p. 108.
Moreno y Maiz, for his doctoral thesis in Paris, studied the coca leaf and its byproduct, cocaine. The present work...
56 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers (spine carefully backed with paper), stitched as issued. Boston: Rand & Avery, 1861.
First edition of a rare publication which summarizes the testimonials in favor of William T.G. Morton held in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. “A brief biographical description of Morton is followed by an important chronology detailing the efforts of Morton and others to petition the U.S. government for financial remuneration.”–Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, pp. 21-22.
Very good copy. First few leaves a little discolored.
An important document which recapitulates the conclusions of the Senate committee regarding Morton’s petition seeking full and unchallenged credit for the development of ether anesthesia. The committee refutes the claims of both Wells and Jackson, declaring at the end: “Dr. Morton was, according to the evidence in print, both the prime mover and immediate agent in the introduction of this discovery to the world.”
Some dampstaining throughout but a good copy.
A richly illustrated manuscript, important and influential in the history of medicine and surgery in Japan, revealing the introduction of European medical knowledge in Japan, through Ambroise Paré’s Chirurgie, Scultetus’s Armamentarium Chirurgicum, and Spigelius’s Opera. This is a luxury copy (only one similar set survives, at Nagasaki), in oblong folio format, and written and finely illustrated on fine thick mulberry paper. Our manuscript contains 134 exquisitely drawn and richly hand-colored illustrations.
Chinzan (or Eikyu) Narabayashi (1648-1711), belonged to a family of professional interpreters in Nagasaki and became proficient in the Dutch language. He had contact with several Dutch...
22 finely hand-colored full-page woodcuts. 35; 39, 30 folding leaves. Three vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (some marginal worming in Vol. III), orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Tokyo: 1872.
First edition in Japanese of this collection of translations from a variety of Western ophthalmological texts. NLM suggests the author was Paul Silex (1858-1929), but this is clearly impossible. The present work is the earliest work published in Japan on Western techniques in ophthalmology, preceding the Ika zensho ganka-hen of 1879 (see Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, IV, p. 336.
The attractive plates, all finely hand-colored, depict ophthalmological instruments and a series of surgical procedures.
37; 22; 17; 25; 21 folding leaves. Five vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Edo, Osaka, & Kyoto: 1832.
First edition in Japanese and an important book. “Kincho or Rikkyo [or Rikkei or Ryukei] Sugita (1786-1846), the son of the famous Gempaku Sugita, published a work in five volumes in 1830 [this is wrong or a typo; the correct date is 1832] entitled Yoka shinsen, which was a translation of [the Dutch translation] of Joseph Jakob von Plenck’s Compendium institutionum chirurgicarum… (Viennae: R. Graeffer, 1780). The Yoka shinsen was important as the first complete translation of a Dutch surgical work...
Frontis. & five chromolithographic plates (three colored), several text illus., & two folding maps. 561 pp., 4 pp. of publisher’s ads. Thick 8vo, orig. publisher’s red cloth (joints expertly repaired), upper cover stamped in gilt with regimental insignia, spine gilt. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1875.
First edition of this scarce work on one of the most well-traveled military units in the pre-Civil War period. Rodenbough (1838-1912), served with the unit as they traversed the country. It contains one of the earliest military descriptions of the use of chloroform on p. 167-8 in which the unit’s colonel impresses the Native-Americans with the ability...
Numerous woodcut illus. in the second vol. 30 folded leaves; 36 folded leaves. Two vols. Small 8vo, orig. wrappers with orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, bound in oriental style, stitched. [Edo?]: Kumagawa-shi zohan, 1868.
First edition of this translation, with additions, on an unknown work by Scott (?), an American author, on military medicine. Volume I is devoted to pharmacological matters, especially methods to prevent cholera amongst the troops. The second volume deals with injuries on the field, including bandaging, transporting injured troops, ways of preventing altitude sickness, techniques of resuscitation, how to traverse snow-covered mountains, problems of malnutrition and...
48 pages. 8vo, later brown half morocco, orig. upper printed wrapper bound-in. Boston: W.B. Little, 1848.
First American edition. The important appendix, first printed in this edition, starts with a long letter by J.C. Warren on the chemical nature and synthesis of chloroform, and is followed by several letters by C.T. Jackson and other Boston surgeons contrasting chloroform with ether. Their reception of chloroform was at first enthusiastic.
Presentation copy from the publisher, with a (cropped) inscription at the top of the wrapper.
15 pp. 8vo, stitched as issued (spine carefully backed with paper). N.p.: n.d. [letter dated at end “Edinburgh, April 1870”].
First printing of this letter which Simpson wrote in reply to an “attack” by Bigelow which had been published in the Boston Medical Journal. Simpson states, contrary to Bigelow’s allegation, that he had never claimed “the introduction of chloroform as an anaesthetic in Edinburgh to be antecedent, in point of time, to the introduction of sulphuric ether in Boston.”
Two engraved ports. 20 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers bound-in modern half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt. Richmond: J. Ferguson, 1877.
Issued for presentation by the author, with new pagination, this is the very rare offprint of the seminal paper by Sims (1813-83), in which he establishes the priority of Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia as the first to employ ether anesthesia in a surgical procedure. He considered Long’s contribution the most important because Long recognized the potential of ether and performed surgery employing anesthesia from 1842 to 1846, before anyone else.
This paper originally appeared in the Virginia Medical Monthly, Vol. IV, Part 2 (May 1877), pp. 81-100.
Three woodcut illus. in the text (one full-page). viii, 88 pp. (lacking half-title). 8vo, modern morocco by Middleton (small wormholes in upper margin of first few leaves), spine gilt. London: J. Churchill, 1847.
First edition of a great rarity. Published in October 1847, this was the second treatise on ether anesthesia, and Snow’s first book on the subject. It contains the first illustrated account of Snow’s regulating inhaler, the first to control the amount of ether vapour received by the patient. Snow had published some preliminary comments in the London Medical Gazette, following which he modified the inhaler, and included the description...
Seven full-page woodcuts & a few smaller text illus. 49 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. title label on upper cover with title in manuscript, modern stitching. Wakayama: Kasedaya Hiemon et al., 1818.
First edition of Takebe’s translation and commentary of Lorenz Heister’s writings on infections and their treatment. Heister (1683-1758), wrote one of the best and most complete works on surgery of the 18th century. Translated into Japanese, it was enormously successful, introducing Western methods to many Japanese surgeons.
Takebe (1782-1842), a samurai, has included here all of Heister’s writings on infections and has provided a number of his own...
Three folding engraved plates & one folding printed table. x, -240 pp. 8vo, cont. vellum over boards (binding a little soiled & stained). Paris: F.A. Didot, 1775.
First edition. Troja (1747-1827), studied medicine at Naples and in 1774 he went to Paris where he began the research on the formation of bone tissue and bone generation which made him famous. Although Réaumur and Trembley had earlier demonstrated the regrowth of limbs in crustacea and polyps, no one before had considered the possibility of regrowth of bones.
“Troja demonstrated that if a foreign body is introduced into the marrow cavity of a long...
49 pp. 8vo, stitched as issued (spine carefully backed with paper). Boston: Dutton & Wentworth, 1847.
Second edition, first issue, of this tract written by Warren of Palmyra, Maine, in defense of William T.G. Morton as the discoverer of ether anesthesia. It was a response to the claims of Charles Jackson and Horace Wells and contains a wealth of information about the ether controversy.
“The first issue of the second edition, which appeared in April 1847, consisted of 49 pages, the first 37 of which were identical to the first edition. Pages 38 to 49 contain controversial material disputing Horace Wells’s claim...
Printed address given by Warren at the A.M.A’s Anniversary Meeting. At that time the president of the organization, he comments on recent developments in medicine and lauds contributors to the advancement of surgical science. Warren discusses the development of ether and chloroform near the end of the work.
A nice copy. Inscribed by the author to Dr. Whittridge [sic.]. Bookplate of J.B. Whitridge (1789-1865), a president of the Medical Society of South Carolina.