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SIMPSON, J[ames] Y[oung]. Anaesthesia, or the employment of chloroform and ether in surgery, midwifery, etc..

Philadelphia. Lindsay & Blakiston, 1849. First American edition.
8vo. [5], xiv-xv, [2], 18-248pp. Complete despite erratic pagination. Original publisher's blind-stamped brown cloth, lettered in gilt. Rubbed and bumped, a trifle marked, chipping to head and foot of spine, some surface loss to lower board. Foxed, damp-staining to head of final two gatherings. Presentation copy, inked inscription to recto of FFEP: 'Mrs. R. Farnby / from J. Y. Simpson'.
The first American edition of the collected essays of physician James Young Simpson (1811-1870) on the subject of administering anaesthesia in surgery, in particular during obstetrical procedures. Though an early adopter of ether as an analgesic, Simpson would secure his reputation through his championing of chloroform as more effective sedative. As leading advocate of obstetric anaesthesia, Simpson met with much opposition. Whereas the use of anaesthesia within operative obstetrical procedures was relatively uncontroversial, Simpson's extension of its use to alleviate the pains of normal labour excited considerable criticism.
£ 750.00 Antiquates Ref: 25602