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Lives of Eminent American Physicians and Surgeons of the Nineteenth Century.

GROSS, Samuel D. [ed.].

Published by Lindsay & Blakiston, 1861., Philadelphia:, 1861
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8vo. Frontispiece, xi, [xii-xvi], [17]-836 pp. Original cloth; spine and extremities worn, spine mounted. Fair to good. BOOKPLATE AND SIGNATURE of Henry Kirke Cushing, father of Harvey Cushing. Also with a later rubber-stamp of G.J. Tucker, M.D. SIGNED TWICE by Cushing on f.f.e.p. and title-page. SIGNATURE OF HENRY KIRKE CUSHING (HIS COPY), FATHER OF HARVEY CUSHING â" FIRST EDITION. "In 1861 I edited a work, an octavo volume of upwards of eight hundred pages, entitled Lives of Eminent American Physicians and Surgeons of the Nineteenth Century. .It was designed to fill a void that had long been felt in our literature, the only productions of the kind being those of Thacher and of Williams, for the most part crude compilations, especially the work of the latter. My list of collaborators embraced some of the ablest medical men in the country. .Altogether the work cost me upwards of two hundred dollars--a dead loss, as I never received anything for the copyright. I contributed myself only three sketches--Ephraim McDowell, the ovariotomist; Drake, the great Western physician; and John Syng Dorsey, the nephew of Physick and the author of the Elements of Surgery. The book cost me much labor and vexation, and was, commercially speaking, a failure. The undertaking was altogether a labor of love on my part" (Gross, Autobiography, vol. 1, p. 143). PROVENANCE: Henry Kirke Cushing (1827-1910), a prominent Cleveland physician active in raising the professional and educational standards of the medical profession, was born in Lanesboro, Mass. to Mary Ann Platt and Dr. Erastus Cushing. The family moved to Cleveland when Cushing was 8. He graduated from Union College in 1848 and studied medicine under his father while also attending lectures at Cleveland Medical College. He received his medical degree in 1851 from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and soon after returned to Cleveland. In 1856, Cushing became a faculty member of the Western Reserve Medical Dept., staying until 1883, primarily teaching obstetrics and gynecology. During the Civil War he served as surgeon-major in the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Through his involvement in medical societies, Cushing helped promote a more scientific approach to the study and practice of medicine. He was an organizer of the (early) Cleveland Academy of Medicine in 1867 and later was president of the Cuyahoga County Medical Society. In 1887, Cushing became the first president of the Cleveland Society of Medical Sciences. He served on the joint committee of 3 Cleveland medical societies which led to the founding of the Cleveland Medical Library Assn. in 1894. In 1906 the Dept. of Experimental Medicine was formed at the WRU Medical School and named in honor of Cushing. He married Betsey M. Williams in 1852. They had 8 children: Edward, Harvey W. Cushing, William Erastus, Alice Kirke, Henry Platt Cushing, Edward Fitch, George Briggs, and Alleyne Maynard. Cushing died at his home in Cleveland. Bookseller Inventory # M12357

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Title: Lives of Eminent American Physicians and ...

Publisher: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1861., Philadelphia:

Publication Date: 1861

Binding: Hardcover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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