Frontispiece port. of Morton & two engraved plates. 2 p.l., xx, 460 pp. 8vo, orig. cloth (corners a bit worn), spine gilt. New York: Pudney & Russell, 1859. First edition, third printing, of "an important source on the history of surgical anesthesia."-Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, pp. 23-4. This work recounts Morton's life and role in the discovery of anesthesia. Rice (1829-1900), a graduate of Harvard Medical School, was urged by the New York friends of Morton to write this book. Rice moved to Wellesley, Massachusetts in order to live with his subject. Relations soon turned sour as Morton and Rice disputed over the recounting of certain details. By the time of this book's publication, Rice had become a supporter of Horace Wells' claim to the discovery. Rice also believed sections of his book had been altered without his knowledge before going to press. Nice copy. ❧ Fulton & Stanton, IV . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5396)
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