Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume V, No. 9, March, 1897

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

Published by E. H. Pratt, Chicago, 1897
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8, [385] - 432, 9 - 12pp, illustrated with 5 text drawings, ads at front and rear, many of which are illustrated, printed wraps with black lettering, minor occasional foxing, mostly at edges, occasional nicks along spine, staple marks at front and rear covers along spine. 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 includes Clinic of the Tenth Annual Course of Instruction In Orificial Surgery, by Pratt, Clinical Notes in Hysterectomy, by W. E. Green, M. D., which includes the 5 illustrations, Causes of some Pathological Conditions of Puberty, by Julia Holmes Smith, M. D., Osteopathic Treatment of Stomach Troubles, by H. M. Still, M. D., Rectal Pockets and Papillae, by H. E. Beebe, M. D., and The Urinary Bladder and its Diseases, by Emmet L. Smith, M. D. Issues of the journal are particularly scarce. Worldcat / OCLC locates 11 holdings, one of which is in microform. Bookseller Inventory # 010241

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

Publisher: E. H. Pratt, Chicago

Publication Date: 1897

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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