Wythe, J.H. [Joseph Henry, 1822-1901]

Published by Hunt & Eaton, 1889
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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12mo. (19 cm.) 332p. Index. Black cloth with gilt letters on the spine and with what appears to be cascading waves stamped in blind on the covers and the spine. Wear to extremities with two corners just rubbed through, bottom of front cover rubbed through near spine, top and bottom of spine just starting to fray, some loss to the gilt but still bright, previous owner's pencil signature on front free endpaper (Ernest A. Minus), else very good and better with no internal foxing and no internal markings. The copyright page shows that this title was copyrighted by Phillips & Hunt, apparently a predecessor of Hunt & Eaton, in 1889. Thus, this is most likely a first edition, as OCLC does not show any other publication of this title. "Born on March 19, 1822, in Manchester, England, Wythe came to America in the 1830s. In 1842, he was ordained as a Methodist minister. After receiving a degree from Dickinson College in 1844, he apprenticed with Philadelphia physicians before graduating from the Philadelphia College of Medicine in 1850. He then joined the faculty there as professor of physiology and pathology. Wythe practiced as a surgeon in Pennsylvania collieries. In 1851, he published The Microscopist, or a Complete Manual on the Use of the Microscope, one of the earliest American texts on the subject. The work went through four editions, the last appearing in 1880. He took an early interest in ovariotomies and in 1865 became the first to perform the operation both on the West Coast, in San Francisco and in Portland in 1870. [During the Civil War, Wythe served as a surgeon.] Wythe moved to Oregon in 1865 to serve both as pastor of the Salem Methodist Episcopal Church and as professor of physiology, hygiene, and microscopy at Willamette University. He was president of the university for three years and in 1866 effected the organization of the medical department there. While a movement to establish a medical school in the state had begun in 1864, before Wythe's arrival, Olof Larsell, professor of anatomy at University of Oregon Medical School, wrote that 'there can be little question but that [Wythe] furnished the initiative, as president of the university, for another and this time successful attempt to found a medical school.' In 1869, Wythe relocated to his old ministry in San Francisco. In the 1870s, he took a position as professor of histology and microscopy at the Medical College of the Pacific. During his twenty-five-year tenure there, he served as professor of medicine and taught undergraduate biology. In addition to teaching and practice, Wythe wrote a number of articles and books, including The Physician's Dose and Symptom Book (1853), which was published in fourteen editions and was translated into Japanese. Wythe died on October 14, 1901. [from THE OREGON ENCYCLOPEDIA] When Wythe wrote THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SOUL he was Professor of Histology and Microscopy in Cooper Medical College, San Francisco. Bookseller Inventory # 007867

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Publisher: Hunt & Eaton

Publication Date: 1889

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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