Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume I, No. 1, July, 1892

Pratt, E. H., M. D., Francis D. Holbrook, M. D., and Emmet L. Smith, M. D., Editors and Publishers

Published by Pratt, Holbrook, & Smith, Chicago, 1892
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8, [1] - 79, [9] - 10pp, index at front, illustrated with 12 text drawings, eight pages of ads at front, plus an ad with etching of the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College inside front cover, two pages of ads at rear, and ads at inside and outside of rear cover, printed wraps, front wrap sunned at edges, two small very minor chips noted at top and bottom edge, spine ends thumbed with small nick at head, hinge starting at bottom about two inches, several stains at front cover as noted in photo. 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." In this first issue of the Journal, Pratt and others present both theoretical and clinical information, including numerous case studies and the orificial interventions which produced rapid, sustained resolution. Within this and subsequent journal issues, one can 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 the present issue, and ceased abruptly after volume IX, no. 12, June, 1901. Articles include, Orificial Surgery And The General Practitioner, by M. J. Bliem, M. D., The Vis Medicatrix Naturae, by O. S. Runnels, M. D., The Relation Of Contracted Kidneys To Heart Disease, by H. E. Beebe, M. D., Chronic Constipation, by C. S. Eldridge, M. D., Reflex Neuroses, by A. W. Reddish, M. D.,The Relation Of The Sympathetic Nervous System To The Orifices Of The Body, by J. W. Wilson, M. D., Some Practical Thoughts On Orificial Surgery, by W. W. Stevenson, M. D., The Orificial Philosophy Written For The Journal Of Orificial Surgery, by Pratt, Instruments, by Pratt, with 22 illustrations, An Orificial Suggestion In Anesthesia, by S. H. Linn, M. D., Improved Methods Of Repairing Lacerated Perineum, by W. E. Green, M. D., On The Best Material For Uterine Packing And Its Introduction, by A. L. Monroe, M. D., Clinical Cases, by C. A. Weirick, M. D., Clinical Cases, by J. P. Dargitz, M. D., The Colon Douche In Acute Diseases, by G. E. Cogswell, M. D., Lesions Arising from Contracted Prepuce, by J. W. Means, M. D., and Cook County Hospital Clinic, by Pratt. Ads include Dr. Thacher's Magnetic Kidney Belt, from the Chicago Magnetic Shield Company, the Pennoyer Sanitarium in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Optical Institute of N. Watry, Scientific Optician, Chicago, Sawyer's Sanitarium, La Rue, Ohio, R. E. Rhode, Manufacturing Chemist, Lambert's Lithiated Hydrangea from the Lambert Pharmacal Company, St. Louis, Missouri, Listerine, the Chicago Oxygen Fas Company, Dr. John W. Streeter's Private Hospital for the Diseases of Women, Chicago, Tar-oid, Sharp & Smith Manufacturers, Chicago, including an illustration of No. 73 Improved Condensed Air Apparatus, Halsey Brothers Chicago Homeopathic Pharmacy, & Proteinol from the New York Chemical & Commercial Company. Bookseller Inventory # 010098

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

Publisher: Pratt, Holbrook, & Smith, Chicago

Publication Date: 1892

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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