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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / ANESTHESIA - THE DISCOVERY CONTROVERSY. RICE, NATHAN PAYSON. 1829-1900. Trials of a Public Benefactor, as Illustrated in the Discovery of Etherization. New York 1859

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ANESTHESIA - THE DISCOVERY CONTROVERSY.
RICE, NATHAN PAYSON. 1829-1900.
Trials of a Public Benefactor, as Illustrated in the Discovery of Etherization. New York: 1859
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ANESTHESIA - THE DISCOVERY CONTROVERSY.

RICE, NATHAN PAYSON. 1829-1900. Trials of a Public Benefactor, as Illustrated in the Discovery of Etherization. New York: 1859
8vo. Publisher's blind-stamped textured cloth. Slightly rubbed, light spotting and foxing.

FIRST EDITION This volume "was put together for pay in an attempt to justify Morton's claim before Congress at a time when his campaign [to be credited for the discovery of ether anesthesia] was flagging" (Wolfe, Tarnished Idol, p 4). Rice obtained some of his information from a recent private publication about Morton by Benjamin Poore, and "from Congressional documents, but a great deal of it originated with Morton himself" (Wolfe). This 1859 printing is the first trade edition, having been preceded by a press copy in proof. It was first offered for sale in February 1859. The illustrations include an engraved frontispiece portrait of Morton, an engraving by George R. Hall of Morton administering ether with a sponge to a dental patient sitting in a chair, and an engraving of the operating theater at the Massachusetts General Hospital with John C. Warren and others standing around a patient on an operating table, to whom Morton is administering anesthesia with an inhaler. Fulton-Stanton IV.66; Osler 1432.

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