Journal Of Orificial Surgery, Volume VI, No. 3, September, 1897

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

Published by E. H. Pratt, Chicago, 1897
Condition: Good Soft cover
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12, [97] - 144, 20pp, directory of orificial surgeons, ads at front and rear, some of which are illustrated, printed wraps with black lettering, minor occasional foxing, mostly at edges, occasional nicks along spine, with 1 inch missing at head, staple marks noted aong spine, about a third of ads page 17 torn away at bottom corner. 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 presents Transactions of American Association of Orificial Surgeons, and includes President's Address, by J. C. Fahnestock, M. D., Clinical Report, by M. Belle Brown, M. D., Some Cases in Practice, by W. F. Curryer, M. D., Papillary Polypoid Angioma, by William More Decker, M. D., An Operation for Anteflexion With or Without Adhesions, by Libbie Hamilton Muncie, M. D., Indiscriminate Orificial Surgery Prejudicial to the Reputation of the Operator and the Welfare of the Patient, by William H. Caine, M. D., The Effect of Orificial Surgery on Muscular Errors of the Eye, by Thomas H. Hicks, M. D., Anesthesia, by T. E. Costain, M. D., A Case of Preputial Adhesion and Epilepsy in a Girl, by Cora Smith Eaton, M. D., A Case of Eczema, by O. D. Noe, M. D., and The Sigmoid, by G. E. Cogswell, M. D. Issues of the journal are particularly scarce, with Worldcat / OCLC locating 11 holdings, one of which is microform. Bookseller Inventory # 010242

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

Publisher: E. H. Pratt, Chicago

Publication Date: 1897

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Good

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