Frontis. port. & 12 plates. 6 p.l., 111 pp. 8vo, orig. cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt. [New York: Cooper Institute, 1894]. First edition, inscribed by the author. "Laird Nevius (1845-1915) was a specialist in the administration of nitrous oxide for minor surgery and tooth extraction at the Cooper Institute in New York and, later, in Chicago. In this paper he described the history of the discovery of anesthesia through accounts of eyewitnesses of Crawford W. Long, Horace Wells, William T.G. Morton, Charles T. Jackson, Sir James Young Simpson and G. Quincy Colton. Nevius did not favor any of these as being the discoverer but credited all of them for their role in events leading to the discovery. He also provided valuable biographical information about Colton, a proponent of Horace Wells who used nitrous oxide in exhibitions and, later, in many dental extractions."-Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, p. 24. Nice copy. Inscribed on a free front-endpaper: "Compliments of the Author." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5438)
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