New York: J. Seymour, 1824. First. hardcover. Illustrated with 6 engraved plates. 380; 472pp. Thick 8vos, original calf-backed boards (quite worn with covers detached; some dampstaining in gutters and ink stain in top margins of second volume, not affecting text; light foxing throughout). New York: Printed for J. Seymour, 1824. First edition. Inscribed by the author on the half title page. very good.
Hosack (1769-1835) was the eminent physician, botanist, mineralogist, and in his day, the best-known practicioner in New York. His love of botany induced him to found the Elgin Botanic Garden; he also founded the Humane Society, Bellevue Hospital and the N.Y. Historical Society. He was one of the first physicians in N.Y. to use the stethoscope, to advocate vaccination, and the first surgeon to ligate the femoral artery for aneurysm. In operating, he insisted upon the importance of leaving wounds open to the air in order to check hemorrhage - a method later advocated by Astley Cooper and Dupuytren. Success attended him, particularly in his observation and treatment of yellow fever. His writings embraced a wide variety of subjects. Presentation copy, "from the Author"