Lectures of the Diseases of the Nervous System; Delivered at La Salpetriere. [Volume two of three volumes]. Second series.
by CHARCOT, Jean-Martin (1825-1893).
London:: New Sydenham Society, 1881., 1881. Volume 2 of 3 volumes. 8vo. xvi, 399,  pp. 36 figures, index, 17 plates [for volumes I and II]. Brown blind- and gilt-stamped cloth; neatly rebacked, brick-red cloth spine label. Bookplate of Geo. Jno. Eady. Owner's rubber stamp of H. Houston Merritt, M.D. Very good. A book by one of the giants of modern-day neurology, owned by one of the founders of modern-day neurology. Translated by George Sigerson (1836-1925). Sigerson studied with Charcot in Paris, and while there became friends with a fellow student of Charcot – Sigmund Freud. Plates: [Volume I Plates] 1: Disseminated Sclerosis (Encephalon); 2: Disseminated Sclerosis (Cerebrum); 3: Disseminated Sclerosis (Spinal Cord); 4: Disseminated Sclerosis (Spinal Cord); 5: Hysterical Ischuria; 6: Hysterical Ischuria; 7: Hysterical Ischuria; [Volume II Plates] 1: Sclerosis of the Posterior Columns; 2: Pott's Disease; Paraplegia; 3: Pott's Disease; Paraplegia; 4: Symmetrical Sclerosis of the Antero-Lateral Columns; 5: Symmetrical Sclerosis of the Antero-Lateral Columns; 6: Locomotor Ataxia; Atrophy; 7: Protopathic Muscular Atrophy; 8: Protopathic Muscular Atrophy; 9: Locomotor Ataxia; 10: Locomotor Ataxia. Charcot identified and named amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Charcot's Disease [discussed at length in Lectures XII and XIII], building on the discoveries of Charles Bell (1774-1842). Charcot performed seminal research on the pathogenesis of what he called "sclerose en plaques" (known today as Multiple Sclerosis). He identified the still-used triad of symptoms for MS diagnosis – poorly articulated speech (dysarthria), jerky movements of the eyes (nystagmus), and trembling of the arms when taking an object – by observing one of his servants who presented with the illness. He is the only 19TH century French physician to have a song dedicated to him by the Alan Parsons Project in its album Freudiana ("Let Yourself Go"). PROVENANCE: George J. Eady, M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. Edinburgh, Surgeon, Juglans Lodge, Enfield (fl.1870-98) - Hiram Houston Merritt (1902-1979), was Moses Professor Emeritus of Neurology, dean emeritus, and vice-president emeritus of medical affairs at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He co-developed the anti-convulsion drug Dilantin. "Dr. Merritt also made important, original contributions in the understanding of how syphilis affects the brain. He was a co?author of a book that became a classic in the field because it crystallized the medical thinking about what then was one of the major public health problems" (New York Times obituary, January 10, 1979). Charcot discusses syphilis at length in the book. Garrison and Morton 4995.
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