(Reprinted from) The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Vol. XXXV, no. 16, November 18, 1846. Pp. -316. 8vo, stitched as issued (slightly browned). [Boston: ?December, 1846]. First separate issue of the first account of surgical anesthesia. Morton was unwilling to disclose any details of ether, his new anesthetic agent, until he could obtain a patent. Bigelow convinced him to change his mind early in Nov. 1846 when an amputation was performed. Bigelow then wrote an account of several operations, with remarks on the history, chemistry and physiology of ether, which was published in The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. The article was first reprinted in the Boston Daily Advertiser for Nov. 19th, 1846. The present paper, the first separate issue published a few weeks after the original appearance, cannot be termed an offprint, as the type had been reset, and the final seven controversial paragraphs referring to the patent were omitted. ❧ Fulton & Stanton, IV.3. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5394)
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