[Collection of 14 Papers, chiefly on Gynecology and related medical concerns]. [Includes:  Graaf, Reinier de; R. Knox (1791-1862), De Graaf on the Female Testes, translated . . . from the original ed. of 1688.
by [Gynecology & Obstetrics; William Irwin, Manchester publisher]
Manchester:: William Irwin, 1848-49., 1848. 8vo. Total: 531 pp. Plates. Contemporary half calf, green cloth over boards, black calf gilt-stamped label stating "Monographs", edges marbled; joints cracked but mended with kozo. Ownership signature of "From Dr. [George] Cobban!!, Garmouth" [Scotland]; bookplate of J. McGrigor Maclagan, M.D. [fl.1853]. INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING TITLES:  John Fischer, An Inaugural Dissertation, containing some observation on the Pelvis of the mammalia: which, under the presidency of J.F.H. Autenrieth . . . Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 1. 26 pp.  Charles Henry Dzondi [Dzondi, Karl Heinrich (1770-1835)], On Congenital Fistulae of the Trachea, a pathologico-therapeutic commentary. Schwetschke and son, 1829. Translated . . . by R. Knox. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 2. 8pp.  Ferdinand Mauritius Ascherson (1798-1879), On congenital fistulae of the neck, with a succinct history of the branchial fissures in mammals and in birds. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 3. 16 pp.  John Goodman, Successful Case of Caesarian Operation, and its complete recovery with subsequent pregnancy, abortion, and fatal termination. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 4. 17 pp.  Graaf, Reinier de (1641-1673); Robert Knox (1791-1862), De Graaf on the Female Testes, translated for "the British record," . . . from the original edition of 1688. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 5. 8 pp.  The Obstetric Aphorisms of Hippocrates . . . 4 pp.  Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von Crantz (1722-1799), Dissertation on Rupture of the Uterus. [Translated by Charles Clay]. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 7. 20 pp.  William Newnham (1790-1865), Narrative of an Unusual Case of Utero-Gestation, in which the premature expulsion of one foetus preceded by two months the birth of a twin foetus at the full term. Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. Series: Scarce and valuable monographs, 8. 4 pp.  Franz Karl Naegele (1778-1851), The Obliquely Contracted Female Pelvis, with an appendix on its most important vices of conformation. With sixteen engravings. Translated from the German by John Christie. . . Manchester: William Irwin, 1848. 134 pp.  William Newnham (1790-1865), History of Four Cases of Eclampsia Nutans, or the "Salaam" Convulsions of Infancy, with suggestions as to its origin and future treatment. Manchester: Irwin, . 28 pp.  Nicolas Puzos (1686-1753), Memoir on the Hemorrhage which occurs to Pregnant Women; the means of arresting it without inducing labour; and on the method of proceeding to deliver. . . by an easier and more certain way than usual. Translated by . . . J. Christie, M.D., Aberdeen. Manchester: Irwin, . 26 pp.  William Harvey (1578-1657), On Birth and Conception. Reprinted from the translation of the celebrated Dr. Ent, as a monograph for the British Record of Obstetric Medicine and Surgery. Edited by Charles Clay. Manchester: Irwin, . 58 pp.  Hermann Franz Naegele (1778-1851), The Theory of the Mechanism of Labour. Translated from the German for the Obstetric Record, by John Christie, M.D. Manchester: Irwin, . 42 pp.  Charles Clay (1801-1893), A Cyclopaedia of Obstetrics, theoretical, practical, historical, biographical, and critical, including the diseases of women and children . . . Manchester: Irwin, 1848. 140 pp. [only 2 copies recorded at Harvard & Wellcome]. Extremely rare and only a couple of copies extant of most of the pieces [Stanford University and University of Edinburgh], of these historical and practical collection of essays on gynecology or obstetrics. Several are the among the first English translations of these medical classics: Heinrich Johann Nepomuk von Crantz, Charles Henry Dzondi, William Harvey, and Hermann Franz Naegele. Probably all of them were produced by the publisher William Irwin of Manchester for what was called "Scarce and valuable monographs", which were numbered. These 14 essays are all published by Irwin and issued in either 1848 or 1849. PROVENANCE: Dr. George Cobban, Garmouth, Fochabers, Elgin, took his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh , served as Assistant Curator of the Anatomical Museum, Edinburgh Univ., etc. See: Medical Directory for Scotland, 1853 – James McGrigor Maclagan, M.D. (1830-1892), one of the sons of prominent Scottish Dr. David Maclagan (1785-1865), who served in the Napoleonic wars and was President of both the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He served as Surgeon in Scotland to Queen Victoria. "David's youngest son, James attended Edinburgh's Royal High School and University, graduating MD in 1851 (with a thesis on autumn crocus, the source of colchicine for gout). He served in the Indian Army as an Assistant Surgeon, but ill health (the details of which are not recorded) cut short his service. James then engaged in private practice in Cromer and Mexborough before moving into public health, serving as medical officer for health for Hexham and Haltwhistle until 1890. His resignation was precipitated by a reduction in his salary from £300 to £200 per year and the suggestion that he augment this with private practice, something he felt unqualified to do after so many years away from the bedside. It was as he was leaving the meeting where all of this was discussed that he fell, breaking his femur. It healed but left him with a limp and much impaired health. Although he was never as well-known as his father and brothers, James held many positions in the British Medical Association and the Northern Counties Association of Medical Officers of Health and was considered an authority on water supply, housing and sanitation as adjudged by his 17 annual reports. Curiously, his death was recorded as being caused by 'chronic cerebritis supervening on an attack of hemiplegia'." – D. Doyle, "The Maclagan family: six generations of service," Journal of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, 2010; 40:178–84.
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