Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New addition to Gross Collection

We've just made our first addition to the fine collection of works by Samuel D. Gross, M.D., donated last December by Richard Mullins, M.D., professor of trauma surgery at OHSU.

A manual of military surgery; or, Hints on the emergencies of field, camp, and hospital practice illustrated with woodcuts, was by Gross' own admission the most commercially successful of his books. The text was pirated by the Confederacy, and an unauthorized version was printed in Richmond, Virginia in 1862. Because of its great popularity and heavy use in wartime situations, many surviving copies are in poor condition. OHSU has just obtained a rather nice copy of the second edition, published by J.B. Lippincott & Co. in Philadelphia in 1862. The woodcuts include images of instruments used for traumatic wounds as well as a sketch of a litter specially designed by Gross for use on battlegrounds.

A copy of the first edition of this work has been digitized and made freely available by Thomas Jefferson University.

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