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Seven (7) Photographs of Civil War Injuries: Surgical Photographic Series

Seven (7) Photographs of Civil War Injuries: Surgical Photographic Series, Army Medical Museum, Surgeon General’s Office.

OTIS, George A.] Very Good. The price is for the collection of seven (7) photographs. Each photograph is 7.5" x 9.5" and is mounted on 11" x 14" heavy card stock. A description is printed on a separate piece of paper, mounted on the verso of the card stock. Three photographs (nos. 302, 304, 311) have a gilt caption on the recto of the card stock, with the number entered in ink: Surgical Photograph No. __/ Prepared under the supervision of Assistant Surgeon George A. Otis, U.S.A./ By Order of the Surgeon General./ War Department./ Surgeon General's Office, Army Medical Museum. Four photographs (nos. 187, 319, 328, 331) have a printed caption at the bottom of the verso of the card stock: Surgeon General's Office./ Army Medical Museum./ Surgical Photographic Series. "There are 400 Surgical Photographs. They are also known as the Photographic Series, especially in contemporary Museum correspondence, but as more series were createdthis term proved inadequate. Most of these photographs were taken at the Army Medical Museum in the 1860s and 1870s to illustrate interestingsurgical operations or difficulties. The photographs usually show either a damaged bone or a soldier showing his wound. . . . Some of the photographs . . . were distributed individually when requested. . . . The photographs were also bound in volumes of 50 to make an eight-volume set titled Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens. The first volume of 50 photographs was printed in an edition of 40 sets which were distributed to Medical Directors in the Union Army. By January 1869, the next three volumes containing photographs 51 through 200, along with the first volume, were being made available to interested parties, including the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. In 1871, the first five volumes were formally published as Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens taken at the Army Medical Museum. The final three volumes had apparently been published by late 1881 to complete the set. . . . Otis wrote 375 of the 400 labels used in the Surgical Photographs. Otis' labels on the reverse of the photographs are packed with information. . . . After the title, the patient was identified, usually by name, rank, company, regiment and state. . . . The particulars of the case are given in a succinct manner with proper credit to the doctors concerned in the case. The battle in which the soldier was wounded is identified" (from the Preface by Michael Rhode to Photographic Atlas of Civil War Injuries: Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens, Otis Historical Archives, Edited by Bradley Bengtson & Julian Kuz, pp. vi-viii). ABE allows for only 5 photographs per listing. I have included four of the seven photographs, and the description on the verso of one of the photographs. I can supply photos of the other three photographs upon request, as well as the caption on the verso of each photograph. Other references for this series of Civil War photographs are: Frank Freemon, Microbes and Minie Balls. An Annotated Bibliography of Civil War Medicine, p. 131; and Stanley Burns, American Medical Publications with Photographs, p. 1233.
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The Collapse Therapy of Pulmonary Tuberculosis. SIGNED BY JOHN ALEXANDER

ALEXANDER, John xiii, 705 pp, 1 leaf; 367 figs. Original cloth. Near Fine, in dust jacket (the dust jacket has a large, closed tear across front panel, and the dust jacket is stained). First Edition. SIGNED BY JOHN ALEXANDER: "For/ Marjorie and Charley Meyer/ whose generous interest in thoracic/ surgery at the University of/ Michigan Hospital has greatly/ advanced the value of the work/ John Alexander/ October 15, 1937". John Alexander was Professor of Surgery at the University of Michigan and Surgeon-in-Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery University of Michigan Hospital. "There is little doubt but that John Alexander contributed more than any other man to the development of the surgical treatment of tuberculosis in the English-speaking countries, and his influence was felt throughout much of the rest of the world" (John D. Steele, in The Surgical Management of Pulmonary Tuberculosis, p. 3). "At the end of the war [WWI], he studied at the University of Lyon with Leon Berard, where he first became acquainted with the surgical treatment of tuberculosis, a disease that consumed much of his career, both as a patient and as an innovator and advocate of surgical treatment. During his lifetime, Dr. Alexander was hospitalized multiple times for treatment of tuberculosis and its complications. . . . After his return to the United States, he served a short period at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1920 joined the staff of the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan. Shortly thereafter, complications of tuberculosis required a protracted period at Saranac Lake. Despite the need for a plaster body cast and the support of a Bradford frame, he persevered in writing the first English text on the surgical treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis, for which he received the Samuel D. Gross Prize of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery. In 1926 Dr. Alexander returned to the University of Michigan, and within a short time his interest and attention were devoted entirely to thoracic surgery. In 1928, he established a thoracic service and the first surgical residency program in thoracic surgery. Dr. Alexander took great pride in the many thoracic surgeons completing his program, many of whom became leaders in the field. In addition to employing the then accepted operations for pulmonary tuberculosis, Dr. Alexander was innovative in proposing new procedures. He popularized anterior thoracoplasty and resection of the transverse processes of the vertebrae to improve the thoracoplastic collapse. He early recognized the advantages of resection for pulmonary tuberculosis, but not to the exclusion of collapse therapy, a measure that he considered advantageous in many cases. He was an early advocate of 2-stage lobectomy for bronchiectasis and early recognized the effectiveness of pulmonary metastases in selected cases. In 1932, Dr Alexander was named professor of surgery. Shortly thereafter, a recurrence of his own disease required hospitalization, which afforded the opportunity to complete the authoritative classic text, The Collapse Therapy of Pulmonary Tuberculosis [offered here]. . . . His contributions to thoracic surgery and especially the inauguration of resident training in thoracic surgery and the many surgeons he trained assured him of a place in the annals of thoracic surgery. His legacy unquestionably is the surgeons he trained, whose fondness for him and memories of him are legendary. . . . the undaunted courage Dr. Alexander demonstrated in coping with multiple recurrences of his illness, necessitating multiple hospitalizations and daily rest periods, have left indelible memories with those who knew him" (Herbert Sloan, "Historical Perspectives of The American Association for Thoracic Surgery: John Alexander (1891-1954)", The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Vol. 129, February 2005, pp. 435-36).


WHITE, Paul D. xxi, 931 pp, 119 figs., 9 tables. Original cloth. Binding rubbed. Corners of covers worn. There is a dust jacket with this copy. The dust jacket has tears and tape repairs on the verso. The dust jacket may have been supplied from another copy. First Edition. SIGNED BY PAUL D. WHITE TO THOMAS LEWIS: "To Sir Thomas Lewis/ In grateful appreciation from/ a pupil, Paul D. White/ April 21, 1931." With Thomas Lewis's bookplate. "Paul White's epoch-making book for long remained unrivalled and set a new standard in cardiological text-books" (Bedford 357). Why did Paul Dudley White call himself a "pupil" of Thomas Lewis? At the beginning of 1913, the twenty-six-year-old White was planning to practice pediatrics, having promised the pediatrician Dr. Richard Smith that upon White's graduation from his internship on July 1, 1913, he would become Smith's assistant. But in February 1913 White's life changed. White wrote in his diary: "Have been offered a remarkable opportunity by Drs. Edsall and W. H. Smith to be an expert on hearts. To go abroad in Fall with expenses paid, to study in London with [Thomas] Lewis for six or nine months, then back to MGH [Massachusetts General Hospital] next year to run the new electrocardiogram [sic] for two years" (quoted in Oglesby Paul, Take Heart, the Life and Prescription for Living of Dr. Paul Dudley White, p. 30). White seized the opportunity and spent 9 months with Thomas Lewis in 1913-1914, returning to MGH on June 30, 1914, with an electrocardiograph in hand, and as co-author of three publications on the heart with Thomas Lewis. Paul Dudley White, pediatrician-to-be, was now a cardiologist.
Reports of a Series of Inoculations for the Varolae Vaccinae

Reports of a Series of Inoculations for the Varolae Vaccinae, or Cow-Pox; with Remarks and Observations on This Disease, Considered as a Substitute for the Small-Pox.

WOODVILLE, William 2 leaves, 156 pp. Recent 1/4-leather and marbled boards. Small ink stamp of "Liverpool Library" on title page. Bookplate of former (twentieth century) owner on front pastedown. Very Good. First Edition. "1799" in larger type--and the second "9" raised above the first "9"--beneath the publisher's imprint on the title page. I have seen copies with "1799" on the title page as well as copies without a date. "Woodville, who was physician to the Smallpox Hospital in London and who had a vast experience in smallpox inoculation, was naturally interested in Jenner's work. This report begins with experiments in which he inoculated the nipples of cows 'with matter of the grease of horses' without any effect. Cowpox later broke out in a dairy and was clinically identified by a panel of expert physicians whom Woodville took there to see the lesions. Sarah Rice, a milk-maid, was also affected with a vesicle on her hand similar to those described by Jenner. Woodville inoculated two hundred people with cowpox lymph obtained, fortunately, early in the disease. Many of these inoculations were from person to person. There are detailed notes on the cases and a long table giving the patients' names and the number of pustules produced; a good many had a large number of pustules, several as many as six to seven hundred. There may have been some confusion with smallpox, but, at any rate, Woodville did the first major operation of vaccinating a large number of people, and he supplied lymph to many physicians, including Jenner" (Bloomfield, A Bibliography of Internal Medicine, Communicable Diseases, p.457). Woodville's book is discussed at length in Derrick Baxby, Jenner's Smallpox Vaccine, pp. 91-96.
A Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing Prepared on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday April 8

A Bibliography of the Writings of Harvey Cushing Prepared on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday April 8, 1939 by the Harvey Cushing Society. SIGNED BY HARVEY CUSHING. With: AUTOGRAPHED NOTE, SIGNED, FROM HARVEY CUSHING.

CUSHING, Harvey] Frontispiece, xv, 108 pp, 1 leaf. Original paper-backed boards, in dust jacket. Dust jacket chipped along top edge. Near Fine. With bookplate of former owner R. Plato Schwartz. "One hundred copies on Winterbourne paper, for the members of The Harvey Cushing Society." First Edition. SIGNED BY HARVEY CUSHING: "For Dr. R. Plato Schwartz/with the best wishes of/Harvey Cushing/April 8, 1939." With: AUTOGRAPHED NOTE, SIGNED, FROM HARVEY CUSHING to Plato Schwartz. The note is on a card (5 1/2" x 3 1/2") taped to the front flyleaf beneath Cushing's presentation inscription to Schwartz. Printed letterhead: Dr. Harvey Cushing Yale School of Medicine New Haven Connecticut. Dear Plato/ I had no opportunity when you were here/ to thank you and your wife for the/ lovely roses. It was a lovely party/ and I hope you enjoyed yourselves as/much as I did./ Always affy/ Harvey Cushing". In the book devoted to Harvey Cushing's Seventieth Birthday Party on April 8, 1939, Schwartz is mentioned on p. 86 as one of the "friends and pupils" who had sent a birthday message to Cushing. He is also mentioned on p. 135 (and his wife on p. 136) as one of the guests present at the dinner for Cushing. In figure 3, opposite p. 13, there is a group photo. Schwartz is no. 38 in the photo.
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The Medical Career: An Address On “The Ideals, Opportunities, And Difficulties Of The Medical Profession” Containing a Tribute to Dr. Nathan Smith, Founder of the Dartmouth Medical School, Delivered at Dartmouth College, November 20, 1928.

CUSHING, Harvey 53 pp, with portrait of Nathan Smith. Original stiff blue printed wrappers. Large paper label ("Cushing" written in ink on label) on the front wrapper, partially covering title printed on front wrapper. Very Good. First Edition. SIGNED BY HARVEY CUSHING on the front flyleaf: "With the regards of/ Harvey Cushing". Prefatory Note by Ambrose White Vernon. Cushing Bibliography no. 274. "November [1928] was largely devoted to operating and preparing one of his most attractive general addresses entitled 'The medical career,' which he presented at Dartmouth College on the 20th of the month. The address bears the subtitle 'The ideals, opportunities, and difficulties of the medical profession including a tribute to Dr. Nathan Smith, founder of the Dartmouth Medical School.' The blood of the country doctor still flowed forcefully in Cushing's veins and since Ian Maclaren's Doctor of the old school was a particular favorite, he recommended that every prospective medical student should read it 'if he wishes to know what may be the reward of the country doctor in the love and affection of his patients. . . .' He also could not refrain from quoting the prayer uttered by President Wheelock of Dartmouth in 1798, which ran: 'O Lord, we thank Thee for the Oxygen Gas; we thank Thee for the Hydrogen Gas; and for all the gasses. We thank Thee for the Cerebrum; we thank Thee for the Cerebellum; and for the Medulla Oblongata. Amen!' (Fulton, Harvey Cushing, pp. 565-66)."