London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
SIMPSON, James Young (1811-1870). Anaesthesia, or the Employment of Chloroform and Ether in Surgery, Midwifery, etc.. Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1849. 8° (222 x 145 mm). Wood-engraved title-vignette (lightly spotted). Original blue blind-stamped cloth, (edges rubbed, covers a little stained, head and foot of spine chipped, spine slightly faded), in a folding cloth box. Provenance: THE AUTHOR'S COPY (signatures on title and on front free endpaper) -- John Odiarne Luxford (bookplate) -- THE NORMAN COPY (book-label) -- "M.H.A.D." (inkstamp).
THE AUTHOR'S OWN COPY OF THE FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. The first book-length collection of Simpson's writings and speeches on the new anaesthetic agents, constituting 'his first full-dress exposition of the use of anaesthesia in childbirth and major surgery' (Norman).
Simpson 'introduced the use of chloroform as an anaesthetic after experimenting with ether and finding it somewhat unsatisfactory. Within weeks of his demonstration in 1847 of the superiority of chloroform, it had almost universally displaced ether as a general anesthetic', Heirs of Hippocrates 1766. Norman 1946; Osler 1366; Waller 8959.
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