Statements Supported by Evidence, of Wm. T. G. Morton, M.D. on His Claim to the Discovery of the Anaesthetic Properties of Ether,

MORTON, William T.G.

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Place Published: Washington

Description: Submitted to the Honorable the Select Committee Appointed by the Senate of the United States. 32d Congress, 2d Session, January 21, 1853. 582; 135; 33pp. Thick 8vo, contemporary 1/2 brown morocco over marbled boards (rubbed, and with spine a bit creased; Athenaeum Library bookplates on endpapers). Washington, 1853. First edition. A very good(+) copy of this uncommon book, inscribed by William T. G. Morton on inside cover, "Athenaeum Library, Rochester, N.Y. Respects of W. T. G. Morton, M.D. Boston, Mass."

Comments: William Morton was the first to use ether as an anaesthetic. Several of his colleagues claimed to be the first and Congress held hearings on the rival claims. "...two bills appropriating $100,000 for the discovery of practical anaesthesia were introduced into Congress at three separate sessions of that body, but owing to the activities of the supporters of Jackson, Wells, and Crawford W. Long, the appropriations were never carried. The deliberations of committees and sub-committees were drawn out for nearly two decades. Valuable reports and hearings were published (including this work)." Dictionary of American Biography, vol. XIII, p. 270. Bound in at rear is Walker's 33pp Report, Feb. 19, 1853. demolishing the claims of Horace Wells. Centennial of Surgical Anesthesia, p. 65, nos. 76 and 75.

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Edition: First Edition
Binding: hardcover
Condition: very good(+)
Language: English
Type: Books

Book ID: 156002

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