13 engraved plates, some folding. xii, 557 pp., 4 pp. of publisher's ads. Thick 8vo, cont. sheep (rebacked, light browning), orig. spine label laid down. Philadelphia: H. Carey & I. Lea, 1826. First edition of the first American textbook on gynecology; a highly successful book, it went through ten editions. Successor to Thomas C. James as chair of midwifery at the University of Pennsylvania, Dewees (1768-1841), was the first American to exert a wide influence upon midwifery. In this work, he refers to pain-relievers such as camphor and anodyne liquor. "Dewees may be said to have laid the foundation of scientific midwifery in America and it is certain that the influence which he wielded through his teaching and writings widely disseminated a knowledge of the best in midwifery."-Cutter & Viets, A Short History of Midwifery, pp. 156-57. Very good copy. ❧ Heirs of Hippocrates 1236-(referring to the 2nd edition of 1828). . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5375)
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