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Histoire Critique du Magnetisme Animal.

Histoire Critique du Magnetisme Animal.

DELEUZE, Joseph Philippe Francois (1753-1835). Second Edition. Two volumes. 8vo. [4], xiv, [2], 316; [4], 362 pp. Scattered foxing throughout, not diminishing legibility. Extremely infrequent contemporary ink notations, especially a page of notes at p. 356, Vol. II, in an unknown hand. Quarter black leather over blue marbled paper-backed boards; bindings carefully repaired. Near fine. Deleuze (1753-1835), a prominent member of the "Mesmer movement," discusses in this work "aspects such as the magnetic fluid, healing, problems and dangers of mesmerism, and personally observed phenomena" (Alvarado 116). "Deluze [sic] is a central figure in the history of animal magnetism. . . He was impressed with the demonstration (of somnambulism) and began to pursue his own study of animal magnetism. . . The Histoire is Deluze's first work on animal magnetism and is one of the most important ever written on the subject. . . The Histoire is about as balanced a treatment as one could find from a man who was engaged in a daily practice of that art" (Crabtree 267). / An excerpt (trans.): "The magnetiser can communicate his fluid to many objects, and these objects become either the conductors of his action, or proper instruments of its transmission, and produce magnetic effects upon persons with whom he is in communication" (Deleuze 212 in Alvarado 121). REFERENCES: Alvarado, Carlos S. "MESMERISM ONLINE: A BIBLIOGRAPHIC REVIEW." Australian Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 36.2 (2008): 115-29; Crabtree, Adam. Animal Magnetism, Early Hypnotism and Psychical Research, 1766-1925. White Plains, NY: Kraus International, 1988; Crabtree 243 (1818 edition); Caillet 2933; Tinterow, Maurice M., Foundations of hypnosis From Mesmer To Freud, (1970), p. 575.
Histoire naturelle de la parole

Histoire naturelle de la parole, ou precis de l’origine du langage & de la grammaire universelle. Extrait du monde primitif.

COURT DE GEBELIN, Antoine (1719-1784). 197 x 125 mm. 8vo. [iv], 400 pp. Engraved frontis. of "Mercure conduit par l'amour, ou invention du langage et de l'ecriture" by A. Romanet after C. P. Marillier, woodcut title-page vignette, headpieces, tailpieces, 1 engraved folding plate on the alphabet, 1 engraved colored folding plated signed D'Agoty pere, 1775 on the anatomy of the vocal organs. Modern calf, original marbled boards, gilt spine. Fine. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION of part of the third volume of Court de Gebelin's larger work Le monde primitif, analyse et compare avec le monde moderne (Paris, 1773-1782). This is one of the author's most valuable works on etymology. Court de Gebelin deals with words, the origins of language, writing and grammar, and much more. The color engraving by Gautier d'Agoty, on the anatomy of the organs and muscles of speech, is explained in detail (9 pages) by the French physician, Dr. Desault (1744-1795), the great French surgeon, who was teacher of Bichat, father of French surgical anatomy, and founder of the first surgical clinic in Europe. A special feature of this work is the color plate by Jacques Fabian Gautier d'Agoty (1717?-1786) whose fascinating anatomic illustrations will always retain their value in anatomical history as well as in the history of art. See: Choulant - Frank, History and bibliography of anatomic illustration, pp. 270-271. Antoine Court de Gebelin was a French literary savant and student of antiquity. He wrote numerous works on mythology, history and was especially active in the field of etymology (French, Greek, Latin., among others). Antoine Court de Gebelin, born at Nimes, Switzerland, a pastor and occultist, he became a famous religious leader of the Huguenots. He moved to France and was a literary savant, Freemason, and student of antiquity. de Gebelin wrote a well-known work on tarot cards. Additionally he wrote numerous works on mythology, history and was especially active in the field of etymology (French, Greek, Latin, among others). He was even appointed as a royal censor. His involvement with the Lodge brotherhood was where he came to meet Benjamin Franklin. He knew Franz Anton Mesmer and was an advocate of animal magnetism, and yet this led to his demise as he died by an experimental electrical stimulation causing his heart to stop. Biographie Universelle. Brunet, II, col. 1516; Blake, NLM, p. 101; Graesse, III, p. 40 (1816).
Frozen sections of a child. Fifteen drawings from nature by H. P. Quincy

Frozen sections of a child. Fifteen drawings from nature by H. P. Quincy, M. D.

DWIGHT, Thomas (1843-1911). 29 cm. Small 4to. v, [1], 7-66 pp. 15 plates, index; UNDERLINING. Original black blind- and gilt-stamped cloth. Ownership signature of Charles Edgerton Carter, Harvard Medical School [1898]. Good. First edition. "A classical work of great importance in pediatrics, and the first American group of serial sections." â€" Choulant-Frank, p. 409. This copy is accompanied by an autograph letter signed by Max Gildersleeve, presenting his father's book to pediatrician and book collector, Frederick A. Frye, MD. / The subject shown here is a ca. three-year-old girl. The drawings are life-size and "drawn from the sections with great care and patience." Dwight even gives some instruction as to how to make these sections. He advices first that a body first be positioned exactly as wanted and then freeze it. You want "no folds or indentions in the skin." "The body should be frozen like a rock â€" so much so that the operator cannot tell whether is he cutting bone or muscle. Tooth is the only tissue he should be able to recognize. The sections should be made in a cold room, with a very sharp saw that has been chilled. When a section is cut, its surface is obscured by a thick half-frozen saw-dust, which is doubly thick if the freezing is not quite sufficient. It is wisest, if time allows, to remove this at once, which is done by pouring hot water over the section and brushing it off rapidly and carefully. This is a very delicate part of the process, and its successful performance has much to do with the beauty of the specimen." / Dwight (1843-1911), the grandson of John Collins Warren, attended Harvard Medical School. In Munich he worked with Rudinger, where he gained knowledge of how to make frozen sections that permitted studying anatomy under the microscope. In turn he introduced the technique to an American audience. He worked as Instructor in Topographical Anatomy and Histology, Harvard University; Surgeon at Carney Hospital. / PROVENANCE: Charles Edgerton Carter, MD, pediatrics [medical degree: Harvard; work: UCLA] â€" Nathaniel Gildersleeve (1910-1994), professor of bacteriopathology, University of Pennsylvania â€" Max Gildersleeve [Pasadena, 1979] â€" Frederick A. Frye, MD.
Ein schon lustig Trostbuchle von dem Empfengknussen und Geburten der Menschen

Ein schon lustig Trostbuchle von dem Empfengknussen und Geburten der Menschen, unnd jren vilfaltigen Zufa?len und Verhindernussen, mit vil unnd mancherley bewarter Stucken unnd Artznyen, ouch schonen Figuren, darzu dienstlich, zu Trost allen gebarenden Frouwen, und eigentlichem Bericht der Hebammen, erst nuwlich zusamen gelasen .

RUEFF, Jakob (1500/5-1558). 22 cm. 4to. [[8], 88, [8 in manuscript], 93-143] ff. Profusely illustrated with 68 remarkable woodcuts. Author's name notes (at end of dedication). Early ink marginalia ff. XXXIIIIv, CVr, CXXIr. The marginalia and the 8 leaves of manuscript text between ff 88 and 93 are all in the same hand. Lacks ff 89-92, some margins with minor tears. Signature aa (the first 4 leaves, including title) repaired (closing tears expertly), the title with a large closed tears and a blank section replaced. Original full stained green vellum with right-side flap (neatly mended). EXTREMELY RARE. FIRST GERMAN LANGUAGE EDITION of Rueff's, De Conceptu et Generatione … 1554 (issued the same year), THE GREATEST MIDWIFERY & BIRTHING BOOK OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. "Jacob Rueff …, who was responsible for the instruction and examination of midwives in Zurich, improved upon Rosslin's manual. His book for midwives and pregnant women, De conceptu et generatione hominis (Zurich, 1554), stressed the importance of knowledge of the anatomy of the female pelvis. The illustrations, derived from Rosslin and Vesalius, were the first in an obstetric book to be based on anatomic reality, rather than showing diagrammatic figures in a bottle or balloon. He described forceps for extraction of the dead fetus. Rueff also discussed cephalic version by combined external and internal version, and manual delivery of the placenta. Rueff portrayed the birth stool with drapery rather than boards on the lower portion, 'So that the child will not be injured and so that … women assisting the midwife can insert their hands.' Although Rueff believed strongly in astrologic influences on pregnancy, particularly in the development of monsters, his book, with Rosslin's, had a great influence on improving obstetric care. An edition in the German vernacular appeared the same year, and was titled Trostbuchle or "… a comforting booklet of encouragement concerning the conception and birth of man, and its frequent accidents and hindrances, et cetera." [Eskes & Longo]. / The book features wonderful woodcuts. The three prominent woodcuts that adorn the book include: (1) The lying-in chamber with all the activity of birthing shown; (2) The bedchamber of a pregnant noblewoman with a midwife in attendance. An astrologer notes the alignment of the heavenly bodies at the moment of birth to foretell the infant's future; (3) Figure of a pregnant woman showing her organs and braced in front of a chair. / The title is translated as: The expert midwife, or An excellent and most necessary treatise of the generation and birth of man . : also the causes, signs and various cures of the most principal maladies and infirmities incident to women. Six books. / "Jacob Rueff … practiced as an obstetrician in Zurich, … [this work was ] written by Rueff in 1554, four years before his death. The work originally appeared in both Latin and German versions … and contrasted favorably with its predecessors on the same subject, both in the mount and accuracy of its information and in its illustrations. / Rueff's text comprised six sections, or "books." The first deals with the physiology of impregnation and conception and with the development and nutrition of the fetus. The second describes the uterus and the condition of the fetus with it and includes a chapter of necessary precepts for pregnant women. Book 3 explains parturition, with rules and medicaments for alleviating delay and difficulty of birth and for the care of the mother and infant; it has a chapter on obstetric instruments, such as the speculum and both smooth and toothed forceps for extraction of a dead fetus, which are displayed in clear woodcuts. Book 4 teaches the management of fifteen forms of unnatural birth (including the delivery of awkward presentations and of twins), each illustrated by traditional birth figures in which the fetus looks like a grown child, although the artist has added more anatomic detail than is shown in earlier drawings. Book 5 discusses false conceptions, tumors of the uterus, physically defective infants and monsters, abortion and its treatment, and the signs of conception. Book 6 suggests the causes of sterility and describes the principal diseases of the uterus, once again offering prescriptions for appropriate remedies." LeFanu also comments further that the view of Rueff's monsters, as they are illustrated, by people of that day, influenced by mysticism and interpretation, resulting in the notion that symbolism (a monster) represented a "sin (sodomy) and virtue (the Greek letter Y and the cross of Christ, or salvation, on the infant's torso." [LeFanu, Lilly]. Collation: Wellcome copy [b12180816]: [8], CXLIII ff. REFERENCES: Cushing R306; Eskes & Longo, Classics in Obstetrics and Gynecology, pp. xiii-xv; Durling, NLM, 3981; Garrison and Moron 463; Heirs of Hippocrates 233; LeFanu, Notable Medical Books from the Lilly Library, Indiana University, p. 35 (1637 English ed.); Hagelin, Ove, The byrth of mankynde otherwise named The Womans Booke, Stockholm, (1990), pp. 19-23 (1580 edition).
Descrizione d' un feto umano: nato colla maggior parte delle membra raddoppiate. Fatta da Luigi Stampini Bolognese

Descrizione d’ un feto umano: nato colla maggior parte delle membra raddoppiate. Fatta da Luigi Stampini Bolognese, professore di chirurgia, e dallo stesso presentata; all’ illustriss. E reverendiss. monsignore Marcantonio Laurenti, archiatro e cameriere segreto; della santita di nosrto signore Papa Benedetto XIV.

STAMPINI, Luigi. In Roma:: Nella stamperia di pallade, per Niccolo' e Marco Pagliarini Mercanti di Libri, e Stampatori a Pasquino, con licenza de' Superiori, 1749., 1749. 4to. 25 cm. XV, [1] pp. Title-vignette, 7 folding engraved plates, large woodcut head and tail pieces, woodcut initial letter. Modern quarter dark brown cloth, marbled boards, with large brown leather gilt-stamped label, newly sewn. Bookplate of Frederick A. Frye. Fine copy. First (and only) edition. Here, Luigi Stampini, a Bolognese surgeon, describes a case of conjoined twins with one head and two occipital bones, two spinal cords, two lungs, a conjoined stomach, and the abdominal viscera doubled. De Renzi, the Italian historian of medicine, reports that [Antoine] Portal (1742-1832) praised this work. Portal had vast experience with postmortem cases. / Conjoined twins are long present in the history of man. There is a woodcut of such a twin in the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493). / "The earliest known documented case of conjoined twin separation dates from the year 942, when a pair of conjoined twin brothers from Armenia was brought to Constantinople for medical evaluation. Leon Diakonos (950-992 AC) recalls that they had the same trunk from the armpits to the hips. Their members were proportionate and had no anomaly. When, at the age of thirty, they came back to Constantinople from where they had been chased away previously because their presence was considered a bad omen, one of the twins died suddenly. The surgeons decided to try to detach the body of the dead one. The scene is represented in a miniature of a Madrid Manuscript at the end of the 12th century, the Byzantine Chronicle of John Skylitzes (Figure 1). Apparently the initial result of the operation was successful; however, the surviving twin died three days after. / Since antiquity, and even up to recent times, these deformities were considered as monstrous and often displayed in fairs and circuses. They are described and pictured in a number of chronicles during the Middle Ages and belong to the bestiary of monsters of the famous surgeon of the Renaissance Ambroise Pare (Figure 2). He attributed the conjoined twins to an excess of semen, but he never advised to operate on them. For him, the Monsters differ from the Prodigious and the Mutilated in that they are creatures against nature and are often signs of some misfortune to come. His contemporary surgeon, Pierre Franco, however, refused to call them “monsters." They are God's creatures, and if possible they should be operated " [Montandon]. REFERENCES: Blake, NLM, p. 430; Blocker Collection, Moody Medical Library, p. 374; Salvatore De Renzi (1800-1872), Storia della medicina in Italia, (1848), p. 320; Albrecht von Haller, Bibliotheca anatomica. Qua scripta ad anatomen et physiologiam ., v. II, p. 411; [and] Haller, Elementa physiologiae corporis humani, volume 8: Fetus Hominisque Vita, 1766, p. 313; Wellcome Library b10777428; Yale Library catalog. Not in Osler. See also: Denys Montandon, MD, THE UNSPEAKABLE HISTORY OF THORACOPAGUS TWINS' SEPARATION. ISAPS News, vol. 9, no. 3, Sept.-Dec. 2015. (does not mention this account, as this case does not apply due to the head being conjoined as well as the rest of the body, but his history is useful).
On asphyxia

On asphyxia, and on the Resuscitation of Stillborn Children.

SNOW, John, M.R.C.S. (1813 - 1858). 8vo. pp. (409)-424. Disbound. Very good. RARE. First American issue. Also published, "On asphyxia, and on the resuscitation of still-born children," London Medical Gazette, vol. 29 (5 November 1841): pp. 222-27. / Between 1839 and 1841 Snow experimented with a guinea pig, suffocating the creature and then beginning a dissection. He found that an hour after death that he perceived a "slight vermicular motion in the right auricle. He opened the trachea and began artificial respiration. The heart's ventricles began to move, and through the coast of the left atrium (the chamber that receives blood from the lungs) he could see oxygen-rich, bright red blood. The heart continued to contract weakly, unable to expel blood from its chambers, but it kept beating rhythmically for forty-five minutes. … This particular experiment took place in the course of his investigations into respiration and asphyxia, undertaken with the desire to establish the physiological basis for pulmonary resuscitation on infants." Snow was witnessing one in twenty births being stillborn, many of whom were asphyxiated. Many methods of resuscitating were tried, including electrical shock, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, etc. "Snow surmised that the line between life and death was not fixed, and the heart retained its irritability (its ability to be stimulated by oxygen) beyond death." With this study done, Snow's recommendation was to use his "artificial respirator on still-born infants." (p. 1-3). This whole effort was to reinforce Snow's experimental method to study a medical problem. Because of this experience he was encouraged to continue his research practices. The announcement created a varied debate wherein many opinions and experiences were expressed. This led, if indirectly, to his use in 1848 to apply chloroform to a patient with a difficult birthing history. (p. 4). â€" Vinten-Johansen, et.al. / "Shepard considers this paper particularly significant for Snow's later anesthesia research." By Peter Vinten-Johansen, Howard Brody, Nigel Paneth, Stephen Rachman, Michael Rip, David Zuck, Cholera, Chloroform, and the Science of Medicine: A Life of John Snow. Oxford University Press, 2003. pp. 1-34, 90-95.
La balia poemetto di Luigi Tansillo pubblicato ora la prima volta; con annotazioni da Gio. Antonio Ranza

La balia poemetto di Luigi Tansillo pubblicato ora la prima volta; con annotazioni da Gio. Antonio Ranza, regio professore di umane lettere in Vercelli.

TANSILLO, Luigi (1510-1568). 4to. 26 cm. [2], 3, [1], 74 pp. Title vignette engraved by Faurini after Peiroleri (showing a mother nursing a baby boy in a rustic setting & a nearby baby's crib), woodcut tailpiece (p.74); light spotting. Original quarter green paper over decorative boards; spine chipping, rubbed. Bookplate of Frederick A. Frye. Very good. First edition published by professor of Letters, Gio. Antonio Ranza, who discovered a sixteenth century manuscript, a didactic poem, La Belia, written by Tansillo. Ernesto Gorini records three variants. / Ruhrah writes of the early poems written of interest to a pediatrician. Among the first is Luigi Tansillo's, La Belia (The Nurse). The book was translated into English by William Roscoe in 1798. "The poem in which we are particularly interested is entitled "La Belia" (The Nurse). In the year 1767, about two centuries after the death of the author, the professor of literature at Vercelli, Giovan Antonio Ranza, found a manuscript copy which he published with copious notes. Tansillo died about 1569, but other historians give the date as much later. Tansillo was regarded as one of the brightest of the Italian wits. Roscoe, in his comments on "La Belia" states that "the subject is in a high degree interesting, and is treated in a manner peculiarly pointed and direct, yet without violating that decorum which is due the public at large, and in particular the sex to whom it is addressed." (p. 488). REFERENCES: Blake, NLM, p. 444; John Foote, "Ancient Poems on Infant Hygiene," in: Annals of Medical History, (1919), vol. II, no. 3, pp. 213-227; Ernesto Gorini, Vercelli nei libri e nelle stampe del settecento: saggio storico-bibliogr. con 2 app., (1961), p. 98; Grulee, 493; John Ruhrah, Pediatrics of the past, pp. 486-490; Still, The history of pediatrics, pp. 171-173.
Typed Letter Signed. To Dr. Henry Suckle (-2007)

Typed Letter Signed. To Dr. Henry Suckle (-2007), Madison, Wisconsin. Chicago, July 10, 1954.

BUCY, Paul C. (1904-1992). [7.25x10/5 inches]. 2 pp. On letterhead [with Dr. H.R. Oberhill]. With original envelope. Regarding Mrs. Marjorie Risum, Brodhead, Wisconsin. Bucy corresponding with Henry Suckle; he wants her x-ray records, something Suckle should have. The letter details the "various examinations and operations on this patient." Her initial complaint found her in December 1948 being treated for a "bruit synchronous with the heart which she had heard in her right ear for six months." All tests were negative and she underwent a right carotid arteriogram. "There was visible a rounded mass lying posterior to the sella turcica which contained some of the diadrast." Bucy considered and then, in 1949, performed a "ligation of the carotid artery" whereupon the patient became hysterical, causing the operation to be cancelled. Then the patient did not return for another three years. The procedure was then done, but the patient could still hear the sounds in her ear. She was pregnant at that time and avoided returning for consultation and diagnosis. Dr. M. W. Stuessy [Dr. Melvin W. Stuessy (1905-1974), of Brodhead, Wisconsin] was cc'd this correspondence. / Bucy, born in Iowa, took his medical doctorate from the University of Iowa. He became a neurosurgeon and neuropathologist, assisting Percival Bailey at the University of Chicago. At the time of this letter he was probably just starting his association with Northwestern University (as professor of neurosurgery) and the Chicago Memorial Hospital. "Paul Bucy is remembered for his work with experimental psychologist Heinrich Kluver (1897-1979) involving the eponymous Kluver-Bucy syndrome, defined as a behavioral disorder caused by malfunction of the left and right medial temporal lobes of the brain." [Wikip.] "Henry Marvin Suckle, MD passed away February 19, 2007, in Woodside, CA. Born in Coatesville, PA, he was an honors graduate of University of Pennsylvania and its Medical School where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society. His specialty training was at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Suckle was a pioneer and premier neurological surgeon in the State of Wisconsin. Based in Madison, he was active at all of its hospitals and was Chief of Staff at the former Madison General Hospital. He treated patients throughout the state, often traveling long distances to consult and operate. He was a member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the Harvey Cushing Society. In 1975, he and his family relocated to California, settling in Woodside. He practiced in San Jose; on the staff of O'Connor Hospital and the San Jose Hospital, where he was Chief of Staff. His vigor, youth, extraordinary experience and talent allowed him to practice long beyond his peers. Henry was an avid golfer and enjoyed the year-round play at the Stanford Golf Club." â€" Obituary.
Tratado sobre el modo de criar sanos a los niños

Tratado sobre el modo de criar sanos a los niños, fundado en los principios de la medicina y de la fisica: y destinado a los padres, que tanto interes deben tener en la salud de sus hijos.

FRANK, Johann Peter (1745-1821). 15 cm. Small 8vo. xxii, 216 pp. to Doña Maria Tomasa Palafox (1780-1835), Marquise of Villafranca and Duchess of Medina Sidonia. Contents page (rear). Dedicated Original full tree calf, gilt-stamped spine; former spine label is worn away. Rubbed, otherwise very good. Frye bookplate. RARE. First Spanish edition, translated by "D.L. de O." "A treatise on how to raise healthy children, based on the principles of medicine and physics: and intended for parents, who must take such an interest in the health of their children." [title translated]. This item is surely rare as very few copies of this translation are on record. The title was issued in French as, Traite sur la manià re d'elever sainement les enfans. Paris, 1798/99. / Concerned with public health, Frank understands that a lot of children die at birth [II-III]. He addresses threats of danger to the unborn child [IV], inspection of the child after death, possibility of accidents [V], first aid for children [VI], properties and issues involving breast feeding and mother's milk [VII], mothers who refuse to raise their children [VIII], noting the differences of children deprived of mother's milk [IX], causes that prevent mothers from taking their role as a mother [X], advice for the wet-nurse [XI], when to wean the child (and the prevention of the same) [XII], foods for the child (nutrition) and noting accidents therein [XIII], cooked broths for children (animal-based) [XIV], care related to sleep and wakefulness of children [XV], consequences of clothes, including the effects of compression of the lungs, stomach and head, such as with a corset or whale bodices [XVI], consequences of [swaddling?] "very hot and impure" [XVII]. / "Johann Peter Frank, (born March 19, 1745, Rodalben, Bavaria [Germany]â€"died April 24, 1821, Vienna, Austria), German physician who was a pioneer in public health. / Frank studied at Heidelberg and Strasbourg. He became court and garrison physician in Rastadt (1769), professor in Gottingen (1784) and in Pavia (1785), director of sanitation in Lombardy (1786), and sanitary officer to the Vienna hospitals (1795). In 1811, after a short time in St. Petersburg as ordinary physician and counselor of state, he returned to practice in Vienna. / Frank's fame rests on his massive System einer vollstandigen medizinischen Polizey (9 vol., 1779â€"1827; “System of a Complete Medical Policy"), which covers the hygiene of all stages of a man's life. He undertook to systematize all that was known on public health and to devise detailed codes of hygiene for enactment. He was among the first to urge international regulation of health problems, and he endorsed the notion of “medical police," whereby one of the duties of the state was to protect the health of its citizens." [Britannica].