The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.
5 volumes bound in 4. Includes volume 36 (February-August 1847), volume 37 (August 1847-February 1848), volume 38 (February 1848-August 1848), volume 39 (August 1848-February 1849), and volume 40 (February 1849-August 1849). Volumes 38 and 39 are bound together. Half leather and marbled boards. Early ownership signature on title of volume 36, and bookplate on the front free endpaper; leather label of volume 37 chipped. First editions.
The following are some of the more important articles on anesthesia that appear in just the first two volumes (36 and 37): "Use Of The Letheon in London," * F. WILLIS FISHER, "The Ether Inhalation in Paris, * J. A. Allen, "Inhalation of Sulphuric Ether, With Practical Remarks," * J. Mason Warren, "Inhalation of Ether," * F. Willis Fisher, "Ethereal Inhalation in Insanity and Obstetrics," * Charles T. Jackson and William T. G. Morton, "The Patent Letheon: Jackson and Morton's Specification," * N. C. Keep, "Inhalation of Ethereal Vapor for Mitigating Human Suffering in Surgical Operations and Acute Diseases," * George Hayward, "Some Account of the First Use of Sulphuric Ether by Inhalation and Surgical Practice," * Edward Warren, "The Letheon and Dr. Wells." * "Discovery Of The Effects Of Ether," * William T. G. Morton, "The Discovery of Ethereal Inhalation," * Walter Channing, "A Case Of Inhalation Of Ether In Instrumental Labor," * Walter Channing, "Inhalation of Ether in a Case Of Laborious Labor," * Buckminster Brown, "On the Pathological and Physiological Effects of Ethereal Inhalation," * Henry Bryant, "Inhalation of Ether in Paris," * Walter Channing, "Cases of Inhalation of Ether in Labor." * Horace Wells, "Letter From Dr. Wells [on Anesthesia]," * J.B.S. Jackson, "A Review of Mr. M. Gay's Statement of Dr. Charles T. Jackson's Claim to the Discovery of the Inhalation of Sulphuric Ether as a Preventive of Pain," * J. W. Beemis, "Inhalation of Ether in Labor," * P.W. Ellsworth, "Ethereal Inhalation: Mr. Wells's Claims As Discoverer," * Alexander Hosack, "Cases Illustrative Of The Beneficial Effects Of Ether," * J. Clark, "Inhalation of Ether in Labor," * W.R. Jay, "Use of Ether in Surgery," and * James Deane, "Respiration of Ethereal Vapor." In addition, there are dozens of case reports, brief letters, and notes regarding the early use of anesthetics. This run is remarkable for its contents and its condition. Osler 1394 and Osler 1395 list the separate items in volumes 36 and 37. This run, which is very rare in contemporary bindings with no institutional markings, is an indispensable source for early reports of the use of anesthetics and for controversies surrounding priority and the relative merits of ether and chloroform.