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A treatise on the diseases of females
Dewees, William P.

Publisher Information: Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1826.

Dewees, William P. (1768-1841). A treatise on the diseases of females. 8vo. xii, [17]-557, [1]pp. (irregular as usual). 13 plates engraved by J. Drayton. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1826. 216 x 130 mm. Calf c. 1826, rebacked in period style with gilt morocco label. Foxing as might be expected, some dampstaining in upper margin of first leaves, but very good.

First Edition of the first American textbook of gynecology. In common with similar publications of the time, it is concerned primarily with medical gynecology. There are twenty-one chapters, including material on tumor of external parts, displacement of the uterus, prolapse of the uterus, milk abscess of the breast (with rudimentary surgical treatments). One of the plates shows a small wire crochet used to remove a hemorrhaging placenta. There were eleven editions of A Treatise, the last in 1860; Dewess made $21, 000 in royalties on this and his textbooks on obstetrics and pediatrics, an enormous sum. It is said that no woman in Philadelphia felt safe unless under his care. Speert, America 127. Rutkow GY1.

Edition: 1st edition

Book Id: 11030

Price: $1,500.00

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