Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume V, No. 6, December, 1897

Pratt, E. H., M. D., and C. A. Weirick, M. D., Editors

Published by Pratt, Holbrook, & Weirick, Chicago, 1897
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8, [241] - 288, 9 - 10pp, ads at front and rear, most of which are illustrated, printed wraps with black lettering, sunning at edges, first two pages of ads apparently torn away, spine ends nicked, minor chips noted at corners and slightly at top edge, staple marks along spine edges. This journal was the publication of the controversial, yet popular, Chicago - based, American Association of Orificial Surgeons, founded by the first author in 1887. Orificial surgery was a homeopathic approach to health and wellness that targeted the rectum and foreskin of both males and females as the focal points for disease generation and control. The Association was guided by the principle that any tightness or other disorder of the sphincters caused nervous irritation, and, thus, disease, and the cure was forcible dilation or amputation. Pratt presented his philosophy in an 1886 lecture that was published in the trade journal, The Medical Era, stating, "A vigorous sympathetic nervous system means health and long life. What surgical interest have we in this fact? It can be told in just one sentence. The weakness and the power of the sympathetic nerve lies at the orifices of the body. Surgery must keep these orifices properly smoothed and dilated." Within journal issues one could find case studies of circumcision as a treatment for headaches, curvature of the spine, hip joint disease, hydrocephaly, and the restoration of sanity in madmen, and surgery or dilation as a treatment for constipation, dysmenorrhea, eczema, insomnia, tuberculosis, and vomiting. By the early 1920s, orificial surgery was mostly a memory. The Journal was published monthly beginning with Volume I, No. 1, July, 1892, and ceased abruptly after volume IX, no. 12, June, 1901. The present issue continues from the previous number the Transactions of the Ninth Annual Session of the American Association of Orificial Surgeons held at Chicago Homeopathic Medical College, September 9th and 10th, 1896, and includes Getting Down to Nature Just as Nearly as We Can, or Principle versus Theory, by C. T. Bennett, M. D., Hystero-Epilepsy, by L. C. McElwee, M. D., The Three Wise Men Pitch Their Tents Together, or the Further Evolution of Orifricial Philosophy, by William More Decker, M. D., Tetanus Following Vaginal Hysterectomy, by T. S. Turner, M. D., Importance of After-Treatment in Orificial Surgery, by H. A. Sherwood, M. D., plus New Members, a List of Members including their home cities and states, an editorial, The Doctor Product, by Pratt, and Clipping and Comments, by Weirick. Worldcat / OCLC locates 11 holdings, one of which is microform. Bookseller Inventory # 010998

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Title: Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume V, No. ...

Publisher: Pratt, Holbrook, & Weirick, Chicago

Publication Date: 1897

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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