London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
SNOW, John (1813-1858). On Chloroform and Other Anaesthetics: their Action and Administration. London: John Churchill, 1858. 8° (218 x 131mm). A few illustrations in the text (margins lightly browned throughout). Modern dark blue morocco. Provenance: Arno B. Luckhardt (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of Snow's last book, published in the same year as his death, and containing his definitive biography by his friend Benjamin W. Richardson. Snow, eminent anaesthetist and epidemiologist, was celebrated equally for his work in anaesthetics as well as in cholera and the improvement of London's water supply. In 1847 he published On the Inhalation of the Vapour of Ether in Surgical Operations, shortly after having produced his definitive ether inhaler and in 1853 and 1857 successfully administered ether to Queen Victoria during the births of Prince Leopold and Princess Beatrice. One of his most important legacies to anaesthetics was his description of the five identifiable stages of the anaesthetic process. This is the copy of Arno B. Luckhardt (1885-1957), the inventor of ethylene anaesthesia (see Garrison-Morton 5705). Gedeon pp.249-50; Norman 970
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