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BIGELOW, HENRY J. 1818-1890.
"Insensibility During Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation." [In:] Boston Medical and Surgical Journal,

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BIGELOW, HENRY J. 1818-1890.
"Insensibility During Surgical Operations Produced by Inhalation." [In:] Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, volume 35, number 16, pp 309-317, November 18, 1846.
8vo (240 x 154 mm). 26 issues of volume 35, complete. Original wrappers printed with tables of contents. Numbers 16 and 18 lacking wrappers, minor chipping to edges, browning.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, in the rare original issue form. This is the first description of ether anesthesia. Bigelow watched John C. Warren perform the operation at the Massachusetts General Hospital on October 16, 1846, with William Morton administering the anesthetic. This original issue is rarer than the offprint of Bigelow's article. Garrison-Morton 5651; Norman 233.

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