Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume III, No. 11, May, 1895

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

Published by Pratt, Holbrook, & Weirick, Chicago, 1895
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10, [481] - 528, [11] - 26pp, illustrated with 1 text drawing of the forced respiration instrument of Dr. J. C. Kennedy, and 4 drawings of a deformed man in various stages of successful treatment with a steel brace that accompany an article on the benefits of using the brace instead of the traditional plaster of Paris cast, numerous illustrated ads at front and rear, printed wraps with black lettering, shallow foxing along front edge of cover, light general wear, rear bottom corner creased from dog-ear. 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. The Journal was published monthly beginning with Volume I, No. 1, July, 1892, and ceased abruptly after volume IX, no. 12, June, 1901. By the early 1920s, orificial surgery was mostly a memory. Contents of the present issue include Sores and Sinuses in the Light of Modern Surgical Thought, by Pratt, Nagging by Laura C. Brickley, Conservative Surgery, by Weirick, Deformities and their Treatment, by C. E. Sawyer, Vaginal Hysterectomy, by H. E. Beebe, Management and Treatment of Locomotor Ataxia, by N. B. Delamater, Ataxia with Paraplegia as a Complication, by C. T. Hood, Self - Control and Auto - Hypnotism, by J. D. Buck, Forced Dilation of Nasal Passages and Lungs, by Pratt, Cases from Practice, by W. M. Hilton, American Operation in Hemorrhoids, by Eugene Hubbell, Vaccination and Preventive Medicine, by William More Decker, Pointers in Treatment of Mental and Nervous Diseases, by Charles Hoyt, and Gynecological Electricity, by Lenore Perky. Worldcat / OCLC locates 11 holdings, one of which is microform. Very Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 010898

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

Publisher: Pratt, Holbrook, & Weirick, Chicago

Publication Date: 1895

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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