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Authors: George Macleod, Stromeyer, Alfred Stille, Guthrie,  Stromeyer & Esmarch

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Notes on the Surgery of the War in the Crimea, The Treatment of Gunshot Wounds, (1862 ), by George Macleod, M.D.

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

During the Crimean War, Macleod was a surgeon in the Civil Hospital at Smyrna and the General Hospital established at Sebastopol. In this book he discusses the geography of and climatology of the Crimea, military hygiene in the field, the use of chloroform as an anesthetic, and the various wounds and injuries common on the battlefied, especially gunshot wounds. (Heirs of Hippocrates 1933, Waller 6120). This book was used by Union and Confederate surgeons during the course of the American Civil War and was issued by both a Union and a Confederate publisher in 1862.

SURGERY OF THE CRIMEAN WAR NOTES ON THE SURGERY OF THE WAR IN THE CRIMEA with Remarks on the Treatment of Gunshot Wounds; By GEORGE H.B. MACLEOD MD FRCS, Surgeon to the General Hospital in Camp before Sebas topol.  Lecturer on Military Surgery in Anderson's University Glasgow,  One vol 12mo

SUMMARY Of CONTENTS: Chap I: The History and Physical Characters of the Crimea The Changes of the Seasons during the occupation by the Allies The Natives and their Diseases; Chap II: Drainage of the Camp Water Supply Latrines Food Cooking Fuel Clothing Housing Duty Effect of all these combined on the health and diseases of the soldiers Hospitals Distribution of the Sick Nursing male and female Transport; Chap III: The Campaign in Bulgaria and its effects on the subsequent health of the troops The Diseases which appeared there and during the Flank March as well as afterward in the Camp before Sebastopol; Chap IV: Distinction between Surgery as practiced in the Army and Civil Life Soldiers as Patients and the character of the Injuries to which they are liable Some peculiarities In the Wounds and Injuries seen during the war;  Chap V: The Peculiarities of Gunshot Wounds and their General Treatment;  Chap VI: The use of Chloroform in the Crimea Primary and Secondary Hemorrhage from Gunshot Wounds Tetanus Gangrene Erysipelas Frost bite;  Chap VII: Injuries of the Head;  Chap: VIII Wounds of the Face and Chest: Chap IX: Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen and Bladder;  Chap X: Compound Fracture of the Extremities;  Chap XI: Gunshot Wounds of Joints Excision of Joints etc etc Chap in Amputation

Medical Books from J. B. Lippincott & Co. Publishers listing the War of the Crimea  1862

J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1862. Hard Cover. 8vo - ovtv. 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. 403 pages

Notes on the Surgery of the War in the Crimea, The Treatment of Gunshot Wounds, (1862 ), by George Macleod, M.D., U.S. Army Medical Department issue

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

SURGERY OF WAR COMMENTARIES ON THE SURGERY OF THE WAR IN PORTUGAL SPAIN FRANCE AND THE NETHERLANDS

From the battle of Rolica in 1808 to that of Waterloo in 1815 with additions relating to those in the CRIMEA in 1854-55 showing the improvements made dnring and since that period in the great art and science of Surgery on all the subjects to which they relate. BY G.J. GUTHRIE F.R.S.  One vol 12mo Price $2.25

FROM THE PREFACE TO THE SIXTH LONDON EDITION: The rapid sale of the fifth and the demand for a sixth edition of this work enable me to say that the precepts Includated is it has been fully borne out and confirmed by the practice of the Surgeons of the Army In the Crimea in almost every particular.   They have performed operations of the greatest Importance at my suggestion that had not been done before with a judgment and ability beyond all praise and they have modified othen to the great advantage of those who may hereafter suffer from similar injuries.  The precepts laid down are the result of the experience acquired tn the war in the Peninsula from the first battle of Rolica in 1808 to the last In Belgium of Waterloo in 1815 which altered, nay overturned, nearly all those which existed previously to that period on all the points to which they relate points as essential in the surgery of domestic as in military life They have been the means of saving the lives and of relieving if not even of preventing the miseries of thousands of our fellow creatures throughout the civilized world.

J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1862. Hard Cover. 8vo - ovtv. 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. 403 pages

Medical Books from J. B. Lippincott & Co.

 Publishers listing the War of the Crimea 1862

 


Stromeyer on Gunshot Fractures, by Stromeyer, Georg Friedrich Louis, Surgeon General's Office (Surgeon-General's Office) Library marked (1861)

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

This is the original English text translated from German, which was later published by Lippincott 1m 1862 with 'Resection in gunshot injuries' by Friedrich von Esmarch in 1862.   There is no title page as such, no printing date and no publisher listing.  The publication date (1861) is based on the publisher Bailliere's listing in 1861: Stromeyer, 'Fractures of limbs occurring in gunshot injuries', 8vo. London, $1.55 (example below left).  The Library of Congress does not show this earlier English copy which was in the SGO Library. 

 

With the SGO (Surgeon General's Office) marking on the book spine (bottom of the spine) and the SGO Library stickers, this is a rare example of the earlier translation of Stomeyer's article (66 pages), published before the later publication in 1862 by Lippincott (see the 1862 publication listing below.)   The Library sticker is marked in blue handwriting as a "Dupl" (duplicate.  The book is very thin and small ( 3/8 x 5 x 7 5/8 in), bound in dark green cloth, the spine is black Shagreen, imprinted in gold gilt on the spine.   Click here information on the SGO Library by Wyndam Miles

 

 

 

Bailliere's medical publications, 1861, (earlier version)

 

Lippincott's military publications, 1862 listing (later version)

    

 

 

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The booksellers label in the front of the Stromeyer book:  Paul B. Hoeber, Medical Books, N.Y.   This note is included to point out the fact the book was in the hands of a highly reputable medical book dealer.

May 2, 1991: Paul B. Hoeber, former head of the medical book division of Harper & Brothers, died.   Mr. Hoeper was with Harper & Brothers, later known as Harper & Row, from 1937 until 1975 and was president of Hoeber-Harper Medical Books. From 1970 to 1975, he also ran the American branch of Elsevier, a Dutch publishing house.  In 1975 he founded Agathon Press, a publisher of scholarly journals, including The Urban Review. He retired in 1985.

Provenance for the SGO Stromeyer binding by comparison to a later SGO Ex-Library catalogue


"Gunshot Fractures" by Dr. Louis Stromeyer, and "Resection in Gunshot Injuries" (1862) by Dr. Friedrich Esmarch.   Translations from the German by Statham.

 

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Published by J. B. Lippincott in 1862 as a combined translation book from German authors Stromeyer and Esmarch.  A copy of Stromeyer's  book is listed in the Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues and the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War for the Army Medical Department.  This is one of the books published for the military by Lippincott during the War.  Dimensions of the book are: 7 1/2 x 5 in. with 120 pages, which is typical of the field textbooks size issued by Lippincott.  Copies of the Lippincott ads in the front and back of this book are included below.

 

ON GUNSHOT INJURIES GUNSHOT FRACTURES

By Dr Louis STROMEYER RESECTION IN GUNSHOT INJURIES

By Dr FRIEDBICH ESMARCH

One vol 12mo 75 cents In the present volume are combined two valuable treatises on Gunshot Injuries by eminent German surgeons forming a book that army surgeons in particular will prize highly Buffalo Express Dr Stromeyer was Surgeon in Chief of the Schleswig Holstein army in the campaign of 1849 against the Danes Dr Esmarch accompanied Dr Stromeyer in this campaign which if not on a very extensive scale was yet quite extensive enough to enable their intelligent surgeons to frequently exercise their skill and obtain a practical knowledge of the subjects they treat of in this book one interesting and valuable to all army surgeons New York Post STROMEYER AND ESMARCH

  

Lippincott's ads for military & medical publications from the front and back of this text book in 1862

 

Enlargement of the imprint on the top of the spine on right reads:

Stromeyer

Esmarch

Statham

Gunshot

Injuries

 

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Therapeutics and Materia Medica, (1864), by Alfred Stille, two volume set, U. S. Army Hospital Department marked

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1864 &1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.   According to the National Library of Medicine 1,024 copies of this text was issued to the Army during the War.

Therapeutics and Materia Medica,  A Systematic Treatise on the Action and Uses of Medicinal Agents including their Description and History By Alfred Stiixe MD Professor of the Theory and Practice of Medicine in the University of Pennsylvania. Second edition revised and enlarged, 2 vols, pp 776 ,  Philadelphia Blanchard and Lea 1864

Additional information on Alfred Stille, M.D.

What makes this set of books rare and interesting is they appear on the list of books ordered to be purchased by the Surgeon General's Office for the various Army hospitals during the War.  Of all the books listed, Stille's book was the lowest number  published of those ordered, making it all the more rare.

Discussion of the Stille text books by the publisher: Blanchard & Lea in 1867

Univ. of Pennsylvania lecture Ticket for Alfred Stille, M.D, 1868-69

 

U. S. A

Hospital Department

 

Name:  Ptolemy O'Meara Edson
Cause of death: pneumonia
Death date: Feb 13, 1928
Place of death: Boston, MA
Birth date: Dec 27, 1833
Type of practice: Allopath
States and years of licenses: MA
Places and dates of practice: Boston, MA, 1860
Medical school: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, 1860

Owner signature: P. H. Edson, West Randolph, Vermont.

The Roster lists a surgeon by the name of Edson, P. O'mera, 109 Warren St., Roxbury.  1865, 17th Infantry, Vermont.

Therapeutics and Materia Medica, (1860, first edition), by Alfred Stille, two volume set, U. S. Army Hospital Department marked, (Volume One only)    

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1864 &1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue and the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Additional information on Alfred Stille, M.D.

ALFRED STILLE, M. D.; THERAPEUTICS AND MATERIA MEDICA,  a Systematic Treatise on the Action and Uses of Medicinal Agents including their Description and History In two large and handsome octavo volumes of 1789 pages, $8 00.  

 

This work is designed especially for the student and practitioner of medicine and treats the various articles of the Materia Medica from the point of view of the bedside and not of the shop or of the lecture room.  While thus endeavoring to give all practical information likely to be useful with respect to the employment of special remedies in special affections and the results to be anticipated from their administration a copious Index of Diseases and their Remedies renders the work eminently fitted for reference by showing at a glance the different means which have been employed and enabling the practitioner to extend his resources in difficult cases with all that the experience of the profession has suggested.

 

Blanchard & Lea. 1860-1st. Edition Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia, 23cm, in sheep binding, viii, 975 p., index: footnote references, A book used in the Civil War, Union Army.: THERAPEUTICS and MATERIA MEDICA-A Systematic Treatise on the Action and Uses of Medicinal Agents: vol. II: MILITARY MEDICINE: PHARMACOLOGY: ALFRED STILLÉ

 

U. S. A

Hospital Department

 

Wanted: Vol. II of this edition and marked for USA Hosp. Dept.


Elements of General Pathology, A Practical Treatise, (1848) by Alfred Stille, M.D.

 

The first edition of this textbook by Dr. Stille.  (5.5 x 8 x 1.5 in.), published by Lindsay and Blakiston, Philadelphia

 

Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1848., 1848. xvi, [25]-483 pp; ads. Original full sheep. "Stillé had become a prominent lecturer on pathology and the practice of medicine in several Philadelphia hospitals. . . Stillé felt that hitherto 'English literature had . . . possessed no work exclusively devoted to general pathology'; with this in mind Stillé proposed to give a brief view of etiology, neology, semeiology, diagnosis and prognosis, omitting the hygiene, prophylaxis and therapeutics commonly treated in other texts of similar objective. . . . Rather remarkably he felt that pathological anatomy had run its course, and that those who had done the most to advance the subject should now turn their attention to the fluids of the body, using the microscope to discover facts deep within the recesses of organized matter. The smallest of the four main sections of the book was devoted to 'general morbid anatomy', but in the midst of many generalities he included a chapter on exact instructions for performing autopsies, following this with an abbreviated description of the major types of abnormalities encountered in post-mortem examinations.  "His first important work, 'The Elements of General Pathology', 1848, was based on the modern researches.

 

  

Univ. of Pennsylvania lecture Ticket for Alfred Stille, M.D, 1868-69

Name: Ludwell Gaines Thacker
Cause of death: tuberculosis; (M)
Death date: Jun 20, 1901
Place of death: Defiance, OH
Birth date: 1843
Type of practice: Allopath
States and years of licenses:OH, 1896
Medical school(s): Bellevue Hospital Medical College, New York, 1866, (G)

Ludwell Gaines Thacker, alumni of Michigan in 63-65, Medical, MD Bellevue 66, Died at Defiance Ohio June 20 1901 aged 58

Signature of owner: L. G. Thacker


Gutherie's Commentaries on the Surgery of War, by G. J. Guthrie, F.R.S., U.S. Army Medical Department marked (1862)

A copy of this text book is listed in the Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues and the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Guthrie's Surgery of War Commentaries on the Surgery of the War in Portugal Spain France and the Netherlands from the battle of Rolica in 1808 to that of Waterloo in 1815 with additions relating to those in the Crimea in 1854-55 showing the improvements made during and sinoe that period in the great art and science of Surgery on all the subjects to which they relate By G.J. Guthrie, PRS  One vol 12mo

Medical Books from J. B. Lippincott & Co. Publishers listing of Guthrie's Surgery of War,  1862

   


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