1848 · Boston
by Bigelow, Henry J.
Boston: David Clapp, 1848. Bigelow, Henry Jacob (1818-90). Ether and chloroform; their discovery and physiological effects. , 27, , 18pp. Boston: David Clapp, 1848. 241 x 151 mm. Original printed wrappers, extremities a bit worn; boxed. Very fine. First Separate Edition of two papers by Bigelow originally published in journals: "Etherization-A compendium of its history, surgical use, dangers, and discovery" (Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, April 19 & 26, 1848) and "Anaesthetic agents, their mode of exhibition and physiological effects" (Transactions of the American Medical Association 1 ). Bigelow was present at W. T. G. Morton's famous first public demonstration of ether anesthesia on 16 October 1846 at Massachusetts General Hospital; his initial account of the operation, published in November 1846, and his subsequent advocacy of ether as a surgical anesthetic did much to assure the adoption of anesthesia throughout the world. Bigelow took Morton's side in the "ether controversy" between Morton and Charles Jackson over who deserved credit for discovering sulfuric ether's anesthetic properties; the present work supports Morton's priority claim. Garrison-Morton.com 5730. Wolfe, Tarnished Idol, p. 186. (Inventory #: 44254)