Manual of Military Surgery; or, Hints on the Emergencies of Field, Camp and Hospital Practice.

GROSS Samuel. David. (1861.)

£3500.00  [First Edition]

FOR CIVIL WAR SURGEONS

First edition. Woodcut illustrations to text. 12mo. Publisher's green blindstamped cloth, spine gilt, some very minor rubbing to extremities and a stain to upper board, pencil ownership inscription to front free endpaper, text spotted and toned. 186pp. Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott & Co.,

A desirable copy of this important medical manual written specifically for use in the Civil War. It was immediately popular with surgeons on both sides of the war, with two pirated Confederate editions appearing in Augusta and Richmond in the same year.

 

Gross discusses the writing and publication of the work in his Autobiography ... "At the outbreak of the war I wrote a little Manual of Military Surgery, a kind of pocket companion for the young surgeons who were flocking into the army, and who for the most part were ill prepared for the prompt and efficient discharge of their duties. It was composed in nine days, and published in a fortnight from the time of its inception." His importance ad influence is recorded by both Norman: "Gross was America's foremost surgeon of his day; he founded the American Surgical Association, and wrote numerous surgical classics" - and ANB: "It is safe to say that no previous medical teacher or author on this continent exercised such a widespread and commanding influence as did Professor Gross."

 

This copy was owned by Albert C. Dedrick (1838-1881), an assistant surgeon in the Fourth Regiment Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry. "In 1854, after the usual training of the common schools, [Dedrick] entered the New York State University Medical Collect at Albany, N.Y., where he was graduated December 23rd, 1856. The following spring he began at Compton R.I. a practice which he gave up five years later to take a commission as assistant surgeon in the Fourth Rhode Island Volunteers. After the regiment was mustered out he resumed practice at Cranston, R.I. and in the following year he located at Centreville, where he has since resided and practised ..." (Cole).

 

Cole, J.R. History of Washington and Kent Counties: Rhode Island ... (New York, 1889) p.236; Gross, S.D., Autobiography of Samuel Gross, M.D. (Philadelphia, 1887) Vol. 1, p.142; Norman, 949; Confederate Hundred, 10.

Stock Code: 239388

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