Publisher Information: Boston: William A. Hall, 1848.
Morton, William T. G. (1819-68). On the loss of the teeth, and the modern way of restoring them, as practised by W. T. G. Morton, author of “Morton on the inhalation of ether,” “Voice from Europe,” &c. 32pp. Lacking frontispiece. Boston: William A. Hall, 1848. 126 x 83 mm. Original printed wrappers, all edges gilt, wrapper corners a bit creased. Very good. Manuscript corrections in Morton’s hand on pages 19 and 20.
Second edition, expanded by eight pages from the first edition of 1847. Both editions are very scarce—OCLC lists three copies of the 1847 edition and thirteen copies of the 1848 edition. Our copy bears corrections in Morton’s hand on pages 19 and 20 to the list of “distinguished individuals” who presented Morton with a “Testimonial in honor of the ether discovery.”
As is well known, Morton, a Boston dentist, gave the first public demonstration of ether anesthesia on October 16, 1846, during a surgical operation performed by John C. Warren at Massachusetts General Hospital. In the fall of 1847, after some unsuccessful attempts to capitalize on the ether discovery, Morton and his brother-in-law Francis Whitman issued On the Loss of the Teeth to advertise their shared dental practice; the pamphlet ended with six pages containing an account of Morton’s “Great Discovery” and testimonials and abstracts from the medical press. After Whitman’s death in November 1847, Morton reissued the On the Loss of the Teeth under his own name, adding eight further pages of testimonials and “Opinions of the Press” on the ether discovery. Fulton & Stanton, Centennial of Surgical Anesthesia, IV.28. Wolfe, Tarnished Idol, pp. 162-163.Book Id: 44798