Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Gimme Shelter: round one

The first foray into available real estate in the local area looks pretty promising for our scheduled move of offsite storage in June 2009; every site currently under consideration includes bathroom facilities and internet access--two things sorely lacking in the current offsite space.

Nevertheless, we have begun implementing our plan to bring rare and valuable materials published later than 1901 out of storage and into the fold of the historical collections. On Monday afternoon, I filled a backpack with eleven elect, listed below in alphabetical order by author:

Bailey, Percival, 1892-
A Classification of the tumors of the glioma group on a histogenetic basis with a correlated study of prognosis / by Percival Bailey and Harvey Cushing.
Philadelphia : Lippincott, c1926.
This monograph is significant in the history of neurology since it represents the first serious attempt to classify gliomatous tumors of the central nervous system on a histological basis correlated with the life history of each type of growth. The analysis herein offered has become the basis of most subsequent classifications of tumors of the glioma group. This book is one of the first collaborative efforts of these two surgeons... Their classification of the gliomas has hardly been improved upon, though variations of it are now in use throughout the world.
Heirs of Hippocrates, 2331; Garrison & Morton No.4608; Courville No.527.

Canani, Giovanni Battista, 1515-1579.
Musculorum humani corporis picturata dissectio (Ferrara 1541?) : Facsimile edition, annotated by Harvey Cushing & Edward C. Streeter.
Florence, R. Lier & co., 1925.
Canani wrote this book while in Ferrara, and called on Girolamo da Carpi for the extraordinarily exact illustrations. The book was not completed in Canano's lifetime, and so copies of the complete manuscript are very rare.

Carrel, Alexis, 1873-1944.
The culture of organs.
New York, Hoeber, 1938.
[1st ed.]
Describes the experimental program for the cultivation of whole organs devised by Carrel and the celebrated aviator. Lindbergh developed a perfusion pump that maintained a sterile, pulsating circulation of fluid through excised organs, and enabled Carrel to keep organs such as the thyroid and kidney alive and functioning. Lindbergh's pump was the forerunner of apparatus now in use in heart surgery, etc. Carrel was awarded the 1912 Nobel Prize for his work on preserving tissues.

Committee for the Study of Nursing Education (U.S.)
Nursing and nursing education in the United States; report of the Committee for the Study of Nursing Education ... and a Report of a survey by Josephine Goldmark, secretary.
New York, The Macmillan Company, 1923.
OHSU copy signed by Elnora Thomson.
In 1918, Adelaide Nutting, a prominent nursing educator, spoke to the Rockefeller Foundation about the need for improved nursing education. The result was the formation of the Committee for the Study of Nursing Education, which released the 500-page study Nursing and Nursing Education in the United States in 1922. The study, later known as the Goldmark Report for its author, Josephine Goldmark, pushed for university-based nursing programs, launching the beginnings of the battle over whether nurses should be seen as professionals or technicians.

Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939.
Tumors arising from the blood-vessels of the brain : angiomatous malformations and hemangioblastomas / by Harvey Cushing and Percival Bailey.
Springfield, Ill. ; Baltimore, Md. : Charles C. Thomas, 1928.
OHSU copy with signature of A.J. McLean.
A beautifully ilustrated monograph based on 29 cases of one of the rarest and most interesting groups of intracranial tumors. "Cushing shared the authorship of this monograph with Percival Bailey. It contains the first extensive classification and description of angiomatous malformations and haemangioblastomas. The detailed and profusely illustrated case reports are, like all of Cushing's case reports, a course of instruction in themselves." Heirs of Hippocrates, 1163; Courville No. 527; Fulton p.563; Walker No.516; HC 14

Dandy, Walter Edward, 1886-1946.
Benign, encapsulated tumors in the lateral ventricles of the brain : diagnosis and treatment / by Walter E. Dandy.
Baltimore, Md. : Wilkins & Wilkins Company, 1934.
"... the surgical and diagnostic story of a group of tumors occupying the lateral ventricle of the brain is presented. These together with a quite similar group recently reported from the third ventricle, are from the last secret abodes of tumors in the brain. The results cover a period of over fifteen years and necessarily progressively reflect the important advances that occurred on the operative front during this period, i.e., the electrocautery, avertin anaesthesia and continuous suction." W.Dandy, Preface

Freeman, Walter, 1895-1972.
Psychosurgery; Intelligence, emotion and social behavior following prefrontal lobotomy for mental disorders, by Walter Freeman and James W. Watts. With special psychometric and personality profile studies by Thelma Hunt.
Springfield, Ill., Charles C. Thomas, 1942.
“Lobotomy was a popular therapy for certain mental disorders from the mid-thirties until the mid-fifties when opposition from within the medical community, the development of stereotactic instruments, and the advent of tranquilizers brought an end to its use as a major therapeutic alternative. Moniz is generally acknowledged to be the individual who developed psychosurgery when he performed the first prefrontal leucotomy in 1935… Freeman, professor of neurology at George Washington University in Washington, D. C., took an immediate interest in the technique and together with Watts, a professor of neurosurgery at the University, performed the first prefrontal leucotomy in the United States in September 1936. Freeman felt that both nerve fibers and cell bodies were destroyed during the operation and renamed it a lobotomy rather than a leucotomy. He developed the transorbital lobotomy, using electroshock as an anesthetic, so that the procedure could be more readily carried out in mental institutions, which lacked well-appointed operating rooms. Lacking surgical certification himself, Freeman nevertheless began to train psychiatrists to perform the operation, which drew severe criticism from many neurosurgeons. Soon thereafter psychoactive drugs were introduced and the number of lobotomies being performed decreased dramatically.” [Heirs of Hippocrates]. Finger, Origins of Neuroscience, p. 292-3; Heirs of Hippocrates 2334.

Gowers, W. R. (William Richard), 1845-1915.
The border-land of epilepsy; faints, vagal attacks, vertigo, migraine, sleep symptons, and their treatment.
Philadelphia, P. Blakiston's son & co., 1907.
Gowers is credited with, among other things, writing the classic description of epilepsy in 1881.

Kimura, Motoo, 1924-
The Neutral theory of molecular evolution / Motoo Kimura.
Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1983.
Considered by some to be "the most important and revolutionary contribution to molecular evolution theory."

Labat, Gaston.
Regional anesthesia; its technic and clinical application / by Gaston Labat ... with a foreword by William J. Mayo, M.D.; with 315 original illustrations.
Philadelphia and London : W.B. Saunders Co., 1922.
The first edition of a classic work that was issued in new editions through the 1980s.

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937.
Radioactive transformations / by E. Rutherford.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1911, c1906.
Rutherford was the winner of the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his researches concerning the disintegration of elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's a nice selection of books.

I presume the move will be in June 2009, as summer 2008 is a rapidly receding memory...