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HOLMES, Oliver Wendell. Border lines of knowledge in some provinces of medical science...

Boston. Ticknor and Fields, 1862. First edition.
8vo. [4], 80pp. Original publisher's brown blind-stamped buckram, lettered in gilt. Rubbed and marked, some loss to head of spine, sunned, slight splitting to upper joint. Near contemporary ownership inscription to FFEP; 'Ed. W. Sawyer / Harvard Medical College / Boston / Mass / Dec. 18th 1870', with his armorial bookplate to FEP, later ink-stamps of 'I. N. Danforth' to FFEP, else internally clean and crisp.
An introductory lecture on the principles of scientific thought by American physician, essayist and Fireside Poet Oliver Wendall Holmes (1809-1894), first delivered before students at Harvard Medical School on 6th November 1861. Holmes, who served as Parkman Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at the university, provides an entertaining presentation on the constant flux of the medical sciences, warning of the susceptibility of the subject to controversy, the remarkable capacity physicians posses for self-deception, and the dangers of phrenology and other pseudosciences to proper practice

Edward Warren Sawyer (b.1848), physician at Rush Medical College, Chicago, who's primary contribution to the medical sciences was the design of a unique pair of light-weight, curved forceps for use in outlet extractions.
£ 75.00 Antiquates Ref: 16196