Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New acquisitions in the history of medicine

Through a happy accident of accounting, I was able to make several unexpected new acquisitions for our History of Medicine collection:

From left to right:

Pott, Percivall. Observations on the Nature and Consequences of Wounds and Contusions of the Head: Fractures of the Skull, Concussions of the Brain, &C. London: Hitch and Hawes, 1760.  Pott was a major figure in the evolution of surgery in Great Britain, and made important contributions to the treatment of head injuries.

Mann, James. Medical Sketches of the Campaigns of 1812, 1813, 1814... Dedham, Massachusetts: 1816. Mann was a military surgeon in the War of 1812, and composed America's first comprehensive work on military medicine.

Gillies, Harold. Plastic Surgery of the Face: Based on Selected Cases of War Injuries of the Face Including Burns. London: Frowde, Hodder and Stoughton, 1920. Gillies standardized existing surgical techniques to establish the principles of modern plastic surgery.

Guérin, Jules René. Recherches sur les difformités congénitales: chez les monstres, le fÅ“tus et l'enfant. Paris: Bureau de la publication, 1880. Guérin, a French surgeon, planned a multi-volume study of deformity and so-called "monsters." He completed two volumes, with fine illustrations.

Wormley, Theo G. Micro-Chemistry of Poisons, Including Their Physiological, Pathological, and Legal Relations, Etc. New York: Bailliere, 1867. The first American book on toxicology.

All five will be cataloged and available for research in Historical Collections & Archives.

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