Lectures on subjects connected with clinical medicine: comprising diseases of the heart.
by LATHAM, Peter Mere (1789-1875).
Philadelphia:: Ed. Barrington and Geo. D. Haswell, 1847., 1847. 24 cm. 8vo. 365, , , 32 pp. Half-title, index, ads (dated March 1847). Original full sheep, gilt-ruled spine, black leather spine label; joints and spine head reinforced or mended with kozo. Very good. First American edition. It was first published in London, 1836, with a second edition issued in 1846, and a German translation followed in 1847 . Contains 38 lectures that were "highly regarded by contemporary writers. . . His lectures on angina pectoris are especially interesting and include the post-mortem on Arnold of Rugby who died in his first attack and had only one coronary artery." – Bedford. "Includes . . . a classic description of coronary thrombosis, although not using the term. The patient was Thomas Arnold, the educationist, and the report was signed by Joseph Hodgson and by S. Bucknill, Arnold's physician." – Garrison and Morton. See page 344 [showing all the Doctor's names]. Leibowitz offers, [Latham] "felt rightly that he had met with a special nosological entity, and stressed 'the short period that intervened between the first paroxysm and the last of which the patient died.' Moreover, Latham included in the same chapter thirty-seven other similar cases in which the disease proved fatal after an interval of fourteen days, ten days, and three hours respectively." [p.117] Leibowitz was of the opinion that Latham "felt he had found something new and which had not been clearly described before in the literature on angina pectoris." "What is most attractive in his deliberations is his particular care to give a more precise classification which he came across an unusual and unfamiliar course of this disease." [op.cit. p. 118]. Latham, known as "Heart Latham", was physician to the Middlesex Hospital, 1815-24, "Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians; Physician Extraordinary to the Queen, and late physician to St. Bartholomew's Hospital." See: Bedford Library 277; Garrison and Morton 2755.1 [London issue of 1846, 2 vols.]. Leibowitz, The History of Coronary Heart Disease, (1970), pp. 117-8. [FFrye C188]
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