London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
TURNER, Matthew (d. 1788?). An Account of the Extraordinary Medicinal Fluid, called Aether. [Liverpool]: John Sadler, 1761. 8° (195 x 117 mm). 8 leaves. (First word shaved slightly on title-page, a few minor tears at inner margin of final leaf). Modern mottled half calf (joints rubbed).
Second edition. Turner, a chemist and surgeon 'manufactured and dispensed sulfuric ether as a remedy for headache, vertigo, epilepsy, gout and rheumatism, palsy and digestive disorders; for most of these ailments, ether was to be taken orally, but for some, such as headache, Turner also recommended that it be "snuff[ed] ... up the Nostrils." With this recommendation of the inhalation of ether for killing pain, Turner has a place in the pre-history of anesthesia' (Norman). Two variant issues of the second edition have been noted; the Norman copy belongs to what is believed to be the earlier issue without place of publication on title; another issue exists with a London imprint giving the name of J. Wilkie as the printer. RARE. Fulton and Stanton 1.19; Gedeon p. 34; Norman 2116.
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