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Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

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Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection

 

As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

   Civil War Era Civilian Surgical and Medical Texts

Authors: John Hunter, Joseph Toynbee, William Mackenzie, Horace Dobell, Wharton T. Jones, E. Bartlett, Austin Flint

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The following medical and surgical text books were used immediately before or during the Civil War.  They are a window into a medical education and Civil War medicine as it was presented to the students and surgeons who served in the War.  There were a multitude of medical colleges in the late 1850's and 60's, as well as publishers who sold text books from American, English and French authors.


Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation and Gun-Shot Wounds, (1817), by John Hunter, M.D.

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1864 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues

(Note the attached insert from the Civil War surgeon (image) adjacent to the title page, dated 1864.  Also, there is a page dedicated to Phillip Syng, M.D. by the editor, and one to the King of England by John Hunter.  A previous owner signature is dated 1821.)

Additional information on John Hunter, M.D.

 

  


Diseases of the Ear: Their Nature, Diagnosis and Treatment, (1860), by Joseph Toynbee, M.D.

A copy of this text book is listed in the Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues and the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Additional information on Joseph Toynbee, M.D.

Garrison-Morton: "The foundation of aural pathology. In this book Toynbee described the method of removing the temporal bone and discussed the post mortem appearances in relation to the symptoms observed during life. He made over 2,000 dissections of the ear." "Joseph Toynbee died at the age of 51 as the result of an experiment on himself. Believing that tinnitus might be relieved by inhalation of the vapours of chloroform and prussic acid, with subsequent Valsalva inflation, he subjected himself to the test, with a fatal result. He thus became a martyr in the cause of the science of otology"

Publisher Blanchard & Lea's 1860 display ad about this author

 

Diseases of the Ear: Their Nature, Diagnosis and Treatment, (1860), by Joseph Toynbee, M.D., marked for the "U.S. Army Hospital Department" issue.

Note: This copy pre-dates the start of the Civil War and is marked for the U. S. A. Hospital Department, not the usual Medical Department, which is testimony to the Hospital Department's existence prior to the War.  Another example in this collection of a Hospital Department item pre-dating the Civil War is the Goulding U.S.A. Hosp. Dept. surgical set used during the Mexican War. 

Note: The post-War signature of the owner is that of E. D. Laughlin, who owned another Hospital Department issue in this collection by Hammond on Hygiene.  His biography is linked below the signature.

A copy of this text book is listed in the Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues and the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Publisher Blanchard & Lea's 1860 display ad about this author

 

Owner signature:

E. D. Laughlin, 1867

Additional information

 

 


A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Eye, (1855), by William Mackenzie, M.D.

Additional information on William Mackenzie, M.D.

MACKENZIE W. MD,  Burgeon Oculist in Scotland in ordinary to Her Majesty:  A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON DISEASES AND INJURIES OF THE EYE,  To which is prefixed an Anatomical Introduction explanatory of a Horizontal Section ol the Human Eyeball bf Thomas Wharton Jones FRS.  From the Fourth Revised and Enlarged London Edition With Notes and Additions by Addinell Howson MD, Surgeon to Wills Hospital.  In one very large and handsome octavo volume leather raised bands with plates and numerous wood cuts. $5.25.  

The treatise of Dr Mackenzie indisputably holds the first place and forms in respect of learning and research an Encyclopedia unequalled in extent by any other work of the kind either English or foreign.  Few modern books on any department of medicine or surgery have met with such extended circulation or have procured for their authors a like amount of European celebrity.   Med Times and Gazette

Lecturer on the Eye in the University of Glasgow, and one of the Surgeons to the Glasgow Eye Infirmary. To which is Prefixed, An Anatomical Introduction Explanatory of a Horizontal Section of the Human Eyeball. By Thomas Wharton Jones, F.R.S., Professor of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery in University College, London, and Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Hospital. With One Hundred and Seventy-Five Illustrations. From the Fourth Revised and Enlarged Edition. With Notes and Additions, by Addinell Hewson, A.M., M.D., One of the Surgeons to Wills Hospital for Diseases of the Eye; Lecturer on Surgery in the Philadelphia Association for Medical Instruction.

Publisher Blanchard & Lea's 1855 display ad about this author.

 

Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia, 1855. Hard Cover. Fourth Edition. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 1027 + 32 ppgs.

 


Lectures on the Germs and Vestiges of Disease,  (1861), by Horace Dobell, M.D.

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1864 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues

Lectures on the Germs and Vestiges of Disease, and on the Prevention of the Invasion and Fatality of Disease by Periodical Examinations. Delivered at the Royal Infirmary for Diseases of the Chest.,  Bv Horace Dobell, M. D.,  Physician to the Infirmary. London: 1861. 8vo. pp. 198.

The chief object of these lectures is to show the extreme importance of those slight deviations from the normal health which are commonly looked upon as little worthy of the physician's thought and care, seeing that we may always detect in these deviations, if we only look carefully, the vestiges and germs of disease, which, with proper care, may often be destroyed and eradicated. Another object is to advance certain ingenious speculations upon disease and death as arising in altered conditions of a V.M.F. (or vitalized mode of force), and of a L.M.F. (or lifeless mode of force); and to propose a plan of periodical examinations by which persons may have a better chance of being kept well or prevented from getting worse.

 


The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery, (1856), by Wharton T. Jones, M.D., second edition, published before the Civil War

The Principles And Practice Of Ophthalmic Medicine And Surgery. By T. Wharton Jones, F. R. S., Professor of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery in the University College of London, Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Hospital,  With 110 illustrations. Second American edition, with additions from the second and revised London edition. Philadelphia: BlanchArd & Lea, 1856. The above excellent manual, already known to the profession through a former edition, has again made its appearance on our table through the liberality of its publishers. It has been materially improved by its distinguished author and has passed through the American press under the supervision of Dr. Edward Hartshorne.  In one large handsome royal 12mo volume extra cloth, 500 pages .

Publisher Blanchard & Lea's 1860 display ad about this author.

 

Name: Arthur White
Death date: Aug 11, 1921
Place of death: Rockport, IN
Birth date: 1832
Type of practice: Allopath
Practice specialities: GS General Surgery
States and years of licenses:IN, 1897
Places and dates of practice: Rockport, IN, 1854
Medical schools: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore: University of Maryland School of Medicine and Coll of Phys and Surgeons, 1854, (G)

 

Owner signature: Arthur White, M.D., Civil War Assistant Surgeon

Information  about Dr. Arthur White from the Medical and Surgical History data base relative to his service during the Civil War in the Indiana 25th Regiment as an Asst. Surgeon.

 


The Principles and Practice of Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery, (1863), by Wharton T. Jones, M.D. third edition, published during the Civil War

A copy of this text book is listed in the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia, 1863. Hard Cover. Third American Edition. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Third and revised American edition, with additions, from the second London edition. pp. xxiii, 4 plates (with explanations), [33] - 455, 32 [adverts.].

Publisher Blanchard & Lea's information, 1865

Signed: Edgar A. Mearns, 1880

Name: Edgar Alexanders Mearns

Death date: Nov 1, 1916
Place of death: Washington, DC
Birth date: 1856
Type of practice: Allopath
Practice specialities:GS General Surgery
Medical school(s): Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1881, (G)


History, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Fevers of the United States, by Elisha Bartlett, M.D., (1852)

Additional information on Elisha Bartlett, M.D.  This textbook takes on significant importance in consideration of the effect Yellow Fever had on the seasonal deployment of troops during the Civil War.

 

"Bartlett's book contains the first description of typhoid fever in English. It is a masterpiece of clinical writing and includes a careful analysis of current ideas with temperate and well-reasoned conclusions." This edition is notable because it contains an extensive section on yellow fever not included in the first edition."

Publisher's comments: 1865

   

 


Physical Exploration and Diagnosis of Diseases Affecting the Respiratory Organs, by Austin Flint, M.D., (1856, first edition)

A copy of this text book is listed in the Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues

Additional information on Austin Flint, M.D.

 

FLINT, AUSTIN MD, Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine in the University of Louisville.   PHYSICAL EXPLORATION AND DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASES AFFECTING THE RESPIRATORY ORGANS,  In one large and handsome octavo volume extra cloth. 636 pages. 

 

First edition. By Austin Flint, "the American Laennec," discusses the use of auscultation and other diagnostic techniques in evaluating patients with pulmonary disease. The most comprehensive monograph on physical diagnosis of the chest published by an American.

 

A work of original observation of the highest merit.  We recommend the treatise to every one who wishes to become a correct asculatator.  Based to a very large extent norm cases numerically examined it carries the evidence of careful study and discrimination upon every page.  It does credit to the author and through him to the profession in this country. It is what we cannot call every book.  Upon an examination a readable book.  Am Jour Med Scient.

 

Review by the publisher, 1856

      

 

Austin Flint, M.D.

Lecture ticket for Bellevue Hospital Medical College Faculty of Bellevue Hospital 1864, listing Austin Flint, M.D.


 

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