Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume II, No. 12, June, 1894

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

Published by Pratt & Holbrook, Chicago, 1894
Condition: Good Soft cover
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[i] - ii, [i] - iv, 1 - 8, [527] - 574, 9 - 20pp, clinical index, issue index, illustrated with 12 text drawings, ads at front and an ad with etching of the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College inside front cover, ads at rear and inside and outside of rear cover, directory of orificial surgeons in various locations around the country, printed wraps with black lettering, minor sunning at edges, small nicks at spine tail and mid-spine, short vertical crack noted at spine head, overall a bright, clean copy. 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. Contents of the present issue include the monthly article on the orificial philosophy by Pratt, this one on Circumcision, including 5 drawings of stages of the surgery, Vaginal Hysterectomy, by E. Z. Cole, M. D., Uterine Extirpation, by O. S. Runnels, Inflammation of Urethral Glands and Consequent Erosion of the Meatus, by W. E. Green, M. D., illustrated with 3 text drawings, Automatic Nervous Ganglia of the Female Pelvic Viscera, by H. E. Beebe, M. D., Uterine Pathology, by Pratt, with 5 text drawings, and Chronics: Why, by Fred Bangs, M. D. Issues of the journal are particularly scarce as they were certainly small in circulation. Issues are particularly scarce. Worldcat / OCLC locates 11 holdings, one of which is microform, with 4 sites holding the present issue. Very Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 010208

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

Publisher: Pratt & Holbrook, Chicago

Publication Date: 1894

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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