JACKSON, CHARLES T. 1805-1880. A group of 3 items:
1. STANLY, EDWARD and ALEXANDER EVANS. Report to the House of Representatives of the United States Of America, vindicating the Rights of Charles T. Jackson to the Discovery of the Anaesthetic Effects of Ether Vapor, and Disproving the Claims of W.T.G. Morton to that discovery. [Washington]: 1852. Original printed wrappers. FIRST EDITION. This pamphlet was published by Edward Stanly of North Carolina and Alexander Evans of Maryland, who were members of the House Select Committee on the Ether Discovery. This is the minority report that supported Jackson over Morton. Fulton-Stanton V.14.
2. LORD, JOSEPH and HENRY. A Defense of Dr. Charles T. Jackson's Claims to the Discovery of Ether. Boston: 1848. Wrappers. First separate edition;
3. ABBOT, JOSEPH HALE. "The Discovery of Etherization." 1868, pp 718-725, IN: Atlantic Monthly, June, 1868. Publisher's printed wrappers, edges untrimmed. FIRST EDITION.
Item 1 is a comprehensive contemporary review of the Jackson and Morton controversy over the priority of the discovery of ether anesthesia. "The present pamphlet was prepared by the Lord brothers, who were Jackson's attorneys. Jackson had engaged the Lords to investigate and substantiate the legality of his claims to priority in the use of sulphuric ether for surgical operations. The Lords were prompted to issue this document after publication of the Annual Report of the Massachusetts General Hospital which contained critical and unauthorized statements about Dr. Jackson's claims" (Heirs of Hippocrates 2029). "Even though this publication is definitely biased towards Jackson, it still provides descriptions of events and individuals that are important background to the ether controversy" (Sim, Heritage of Anesthesia p 14-15). Fulton-Stanton V.11; Osler 1445. Item 2 is described by anesthesia historian Richard Wolfe: "The June 1868 issue of the Atlantic Monthly carried a long article by Joseph Hale Abbot (1802-1873) on 'The Discovery of Etherization.' This detailed statement by the respected Boston scientist constituted a well-written summation and documentation of the ether discovery from Charles T. Jackson's point of view, packaged within the covers of the prestigious Atlantic Monthly" (Wolfe, Tarnished Idol, p 486). Fulton Stanton V.5.; Sim, Heritage of Anesthesia, p 5.