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BIGELOW, Henry Jacob.

Published by London: Printed for the Editor, and Published by George Churchill., [1847]. (1847)

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Item Description: London: Printed for the Editor, and Published by George Churchill., [1847]., 1847. Large 4to, 702 pages. Contemporary green half cloth. FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, and the first publication on this side of the Atlantic, of the first account of ether anaesthesia. See G&M 5651, the appearance of this paper in the Boston Medical & Surgical Journal some six weeks previously. This was thus the first account published in Europe of an operation performed with the aid of ether anaesthesia. ?The original title [as given in the Boston. Med. & Surg. J.] was not given. Jacob Bigelow, the father of H.J. Bigelow, wrote on 28 November to Francis Boott of London telling him of Morton?s discovery and enclosing the text of his son?s communication as it had appeared in the Boston Daily Advertiser. Boott forwarded Jacob Bigelow?s letter and H. J. Bigelow?s paper to The Lancet which published them both in their number for 2 January 1847. Appended to the reprint was a letter from Robert Liston to Dr. Boott dated 21 December 1846 saying that on that day he had successfully used ether during an amputation at the knee, thus recording the first operation under ether anaesthesia in Europe. Liston had learned of Bigelow?s letter to Boott on Saturday, the 19th, and carried out his first operation on Monday, the 21st!? (Fulton & Stanton). The first reference to ether in the British press is a short paragraph in the London Medical Gazette for 18 December 1846, and the second is in The Lancet for 26 December. The two are evidently based on the same source, and are statements only (reprinted by Fulton & Stanton), rather than full accounts. In The Lancet for 9 January 1847, further correspondence (pp. 49?51) on Bigelow?s patent is included, and in the issue for 16 January ?a long and well written editorial appears excoriating both Jackson and Morton for attempting the patent? (Fulton & Stanton), and pp. 77?80 give accounts of operations under anaesthesia, including an illustration of ?Mr. Hooper?s Ether Inhalator, constructed according to Dr. Boott and Mr. Robinson?s Instructions? The second volume for the year, in a matching binding, is also present, containing numerous papers, correspondence and references to ether anaesthesia, by physicians including Snow, Liston and Marcy. Fulton & Stanton IV.5. Bookseller Inventory # 1795

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Item Description: 702 pp. Large 4to, cont. green half-cloth. London: Printed for the Editor, and Published by G. Churchill, [1847]. First English edition, and the first publication on the other side of the Atlantic, of the first account of ether anaesthesia. See Garrison-Morton 5651 for the appearance of this paper in the Boston Medical & Surgical Journal some six weeks previous. The present work was thus the first account published in Europe of an operation performed with the aid of ether anaesthesia. "The original title [as in the Boston Medical & Surgical Journal] was not given. Jacob Bigelow, the father of H.J. Bigelow, wrote on 28 November to Francis Boott of London telling him of Morton's discovery and enclosing the text of his son's communication as it had appeared in the Boston Daily Advertiser. Boott forwarded Jacob Bigelow's letter and H. J. Bigelow's paper to The Lancet which published them both in their number for 2 January 1847. Appended to the reprint was a letter from Robert Liston to Dr. Boott dated 21 December 1846 saying that on that day he had successfully used ether during an amputation at the knee, thus recording the first operation under ether anaesthesia in Europe. Liston had learned of Bigelow's letter to Boott on Saturday, the 19th, and carried out his first operation on Monday, the 21st!"-Fulton & Stanton. The first reference to ether in the British press is a short paragraph in the London Medical Gazette for 18 December 1846, and the second is in The Lancet for 26 December. The two are evidently based on the same source, and are statements only (reprinted by Fulton & Stanton), rather than full accounts. In The Lancet for 9 January 1847, further correspondence (pp. 49-51) on Bigelow's patent is included, and in the issue for 16 January "a long and well written editorial appears excoriating both Jackson and Morton for attempting the patent" (Fulton & Stanton), and pp. 77-80 give accounts of operations under anaesthesia, including an illustration of "Mr. Hooper's Ether Inhalator, constructed according to Dr. Boott and Mr. Robinson's Instructions." The second volume for the year, in a matching binding, is also present, containing numerous papers, correspondence and references to ether anaesthesia, by physicians including Snow, Liston and Marcy. ? Fulton & Stanton IV. Bookseller Inventory # 2199

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BIGELOW, Henry J.

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Item Description: (Reprinted from) The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Vol. XXXV, no. 16, November 18, 1846. Pp. [309]-316. 8vo, stitched as issued (slightly browned). [Boston: ?December, 1846]. First separate issue of the first account of surgical anesthesia. Morton was unwilling to disclose any details of ether, his new anesthetic agent, until he could obtain a patent. Bigelow convinced him to change his mind early in Nov. 1846 when an amputation was performed. Bigelow then wrote an account of several operations, with remarks on the history, chemistry and physiology of ether, which was published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. The article was first reprinted in the Boston Daily Advertiser for Nov. 19th, 1846. The present paper, the first separate issue published a few weeks after the original appearance, cannot be termed an offprint, as the type had been reset, and the final seven controversial paragraphs referring to the patent were omitted. ? Fulton & Stanton, IV.3. Bookseller Inventory # 5394

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BIGELOW, Henry J.

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Item Description: [in:] The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Edited by J.V.C. Smith. Vol. XXXV, No. 16, 309-317 & 379-82 pp. One text illus. 544 pp. 8vo, modern half-calf & marbled boards. Boston: 18 November, 1846. First edition, the formal announcement of the discovery of surgical anesthesia. Morton was unwilling to disclose any details of ether, his new anesthetic agent, until he could obtain a patent. However, Bigelow convinced him to change his mind early in Nov. 1846 when an amputation was performed. Bigelow then wrote an account of several operations, with remarks on the history, chemistry and physiology of ether, which was published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. In no. 18 for December 2nd, J.F. Flagg published some remarks on Bigelow's paper, to which Bigelow replied in no. 19 for December 9th (pp. 379-82). The issues after no. 16 also contain other material on the new anesthesia, including comments by J.C. Warren, who performed the first operation when anesthesia was used by Morton. The effect of Bigelow's article was dramatic, and news of the operations under ether spread quickly. This issue contains 16 other studies on individual surgical anesthetics and early references to the patent claim by Bigelow, Dana, Cox, Ellsworth, Flagg, Kimball, Mansfield, Parkman, Peirson, Smilie, Wallace, and J.C. Warren, along with seven editorials on the subject. Nice copy. ? Fulton & Stanton IV.1, VII.4, 10, 18, 25, 29, 50, 54, 63, 68, 69, 92, 108, 119, 120, 122, 151, 157. Garrison-Morton 5651. Grolier Club, One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, 64A. Bookseller Inventory # 5376

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