Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume IV, No. 12, June, 1896

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

Published by Pratt & Holbrook, Chicago, 1896
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iv, [532] - 577, index at front, illustrated with 12 text drawings, one page of ads at front, plus an ad with etched illustration of the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College inside front cover, and an ad at rear cover, printed wraps, front wrap sunned at edges, minor chipping noted at top and bottom edges and top fore-corner, spine a little uneven, but intact except for minor loss at ends, and tiny splits at spine. Includes articles, The Relation Of Orificial Surgery To General Surgery, by Pratt, Vaginal Hysterectomy, by Holbrook, with 8 illustrations including suturing, Surgical Treatment Of Prolapsus Recti, by Scott Parsons, Jr., M.D., with 4 illustrations, The Clitoris, by M. J. Hill, M.D., Sexuality Versus Sensuality, by J. B. Wheelock, M.D., Uterine Curettage, by H. E. Beebe, M.D., and Uterine Displacement, by Susan J. Fenton, M.D., plus an editorial, Temperaments In Medical Practice, by Pratt. Ads include Dr. Woodward's Triumph Antiseptic Apparatus and Pulmonary Inspirators, Zumo-Anana Pine-Apple Digestive Wine, the Betz Medicated Vapor Folding Bath from Frank S. Betz & Company, Chicago, Haussmann & Dunn Orificial Instruments, Chicago, and Halsey Brothers Company Homeopathic Supplies, Chicago, including Dr. Weirick's Improved, Self-Retaining Rectal Dilators. 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." Journal issues included 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 gone. The journal was published monthly beginning in July, 1892, with Volume I, No. 1, and ceased after volume IX, No. 12, June, 1901. Issues are particularly scarce. Worldcat / OCLC locates 11 holdings, one of which is microform, with 5 sites holding the present issue. Very scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 009674

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

Publisher: Pratt & Holbrook, Chicago

Publication Date: 1896

Binding: Soft cover

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