On Chloroform and Other Anaesthetics: Their Action and Administration.
London: John Chuchill, 1858.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003366
8vo (223 x 144 mm). viii, xliv, 443 , 34 pp., including woodcut text illustrations, publisher's catalogue (dated May 1861*) at end. Original publisher's blindstamped pebbled cloth, spine lettered in gilt (cloth over spine ends repaired, corners worn). Text only little age-toned, occasional minor finger soiling, but generally fresh and clean throughout. ----
Norman 970; Osler 1367; Waller 9035; Gedeon, pp. 249-50. RARE FIRST AND ONLY EDITION, especially in the original cloth, of John Snow's last book, published in the same year as his death, and containing his definitive biography by his friend Benjamin W. Richardson. "Snow's treatise . . . placed the administration of chloroform and ether on a scientific basis" (Norman). Snow was an eminent anaesthetist and epidemiologist and celebrated equally for his work in anaesthetics as well as in cholera and the improvement of London's water supply. One of his most important legacies to anaesthetics was his description of the five identifiable stages of the anaesthetic process. "When chloroform was introduced into anesthesia by James Young Simpson in November 1847, Snow was quick to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of the new drug. Snow's expertise in apparatus led him to construct new pieces for the administration of chloroform. He laid emphasis on the use of such apparatus as a means of delivering low and exact percentages of chloroform in air; this was in direct contrast to Simpson's 'open method' of dropping chloroform on the corner of a towel or handkerchief. The controversy between protagonists of the two methods lasted for the remainder of the century, but Snow was the pioneer in raising the art and practice of English anesthesia and anesthetic apparatus to its subsequent heights [...] Anesthesia [...] became respectable on 7 April 1853, when Snow administered chloroform to Queen Victoria at the birth of Prince Leopold" (DSB).
* The publisher's catalogue "Mr. Churchill's Publications" in most copies is dated July 1858, but some also have the date May 1861 (as our copy) or December 1867. The setting of all copies is identical and we can therefore assume that all constitute the same (and only) edition and issue. - Visit our website to see more images!
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