48 pp. 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, spine carefully backed with paper. New York: D. Appleton, 1880. "In May 1877 the famous surgeon J. Marion Sims published an article supporting the claim of Crawford Long as the discoverer of anesthesia. The Sims article appeared in the same journal as did the article by Long claiming discovery… "The son of William T.G. Morton - William James Morton (1846-1920) - believed that Long's claim gained importance because of the support of the famous surgeon Sims. Therefore, three years later, W.J. Morton wrote this pamphlet in response. He defended his father's claim and criticized all others… "For example on Horace Wells's failure to establish nitrous oxide anesthesia, the junior Dr. Morton advanced the theory that it was the instrument that failed Wells, not the early withdrawal of nitrous oxide from the patient. Morton pointed out that the instrument was a 'traditional exhilarating gas-bag' that, apparently, was popular in 'laughing-gas' demonstrations. Such a gas bag did not deliver concentrations of nitrous oxide sufficient to anesthetize Wells's patient. Morton supported his theory by citing the failure of Wells's second attempts to anesthetize patients in the operating theaters at the New York Hospital in 1847. Morton substantiated his conjecture by pointing out the successful use of nitrous oxide by Henry J. Bigelow for excision of the breast at Massachusetts General Hospital in April 1848. Dr. Bigelow used sixty gallons of nitrous oxide during that operation."-Sim, The Heritage of Anesthesia, p. 17. Very good copy. ❧ Fulton-Stanton IV.59. (Inventory #: 5522)
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