Lengthy Autographed Letter Signed about Dentistry and the early use of Chloroform
by KOLLOCK, Cornelius (1824 - 1897)
Cheraw, SC, 1851. unbound. 4 pages (front and back), each two-page spread measuring 10.5 x 16.5 inches, Cheraw, South Carolina, Jan. 6, 1851, to Dr. Rufus Woodward, in small part: "...I gave chloroform in a few small operations which I have recently performed and some of the other Dr.'s are glad to make a handle of anything against me -- came out in the strongest denunciation in itself...and also as doing violence to the laws of nature and natures God. I made no reply to them other than by giving chloroform as often as an opportunity presented...Several persons, some of whom the most respected in the South came to me to pull their teeth saying 'the dentists all refuse to give them chloroform.' I never refused to do it for it gave me an opportunity of proving the good of chloroform and also of making $2.00. I have pulled a hat full of teeth at $2.00 a tooth -- $1.00 is the regular per for extraction a tooth...but as I am not a Dentist...and I do not care about the business...I charge them double. This I suppose would make them go to their own dentists -- but they like the chloroform too well..." Partial separation of the folds by the margins, slight chipping at the bottom of the pages with the loss of two words; fragile but neatly written, easy to read, and in good condition. Note: most surviving correspondence of Dr. Cornelius Kollock has long been collected by Historical Societies and Institutions with few items remaining in private hands. Provenance: The Rufus Woodward Archive -- sold at Alexander Autographs Feb. 2007. American surgeon and gynecologist who studied in Paris under Mssrs. Gerhard, Michel and Ricord and became one of the earliest proponents in the use of Chloroform. His groundbreaking and innovative surgical procedures is said to have saved thousands of lives and extended the lifespan of thousands more.
(Inventory #: 272781)
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