Publisher Information: Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea, 1863.
Simpson's Personal Copy
Simpson, James Young (1811-70). Clinical lectures on diseases of women. 8vo. xii, -510pp. Text wood-engravings. Philadelphia: Blanchard & Lea, 1863. 232 x 146 mm. Original cloth, slightly worn. Minor foxing, especially to endsheets and preliminary leaves, but very good. Simpson's personal copy, with his signature on the title.
First Edition in Book Form of Simpson's gynecological and obstetrical lectures delivered at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh and published in the London Medical Times and Gazette between 1859 and 1861. Simpson occupied the chair of midwifery at Edinburgh University for 30 years, and "there was scarcely any topic [in ob/gyn] on which Simpson did not make some contribution and on which he did not write. . . . He was among the earliest in Britain to adopt the vaginal speculum, and was one of the first to design a uterine sound and to use it to help in uterine diagnosis. Simpson, with a no-nonsense approach, can be said largely to be responsible for modern accurate bimanual gynaecological examination. . . . He wrote extensively on pelvic inflammatory disease, and first used the terms pelvic cellulitis and puerperal sub-involution. He was an early supporter of the surgical removal of ovarian tumours or ovariotomy" (Russell & Forster, pp. 2-3).
Although a prolific author of pamphlets and journal articles, Simpson never wrote any books, so that this American collection of his clinical lectures represents the closest Simpson ever came to publishing a textbook of obstetrics and gynecology. This American edition was clearly intended for the majority of American physicians who did not subscribe to the London Medical Times and Gazette. Another American collected edition of Simpson's writings on anesthesia from Simpson's personal library is described as Norman 1946. Russell & Forster, A List of the Works of Sir James Young Simpson, p. 49.Book Id: 34340