Publisher Information: New York: 1830-31.
[Stevens, Alexander H. (1789-1869); John Augustine Smith (1782-1865); and Edward Delafield (1794-1875).] Notes taken from the lectures of Professors J. A. Smith—anatomy & physiology, A. Stevens—surgery; E. Delafield—obstetrics diseases women & children of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of the University of the State of New York. Manuscript lecture notes taken by Hiram Draper (1804-81). Ca. 70 leaves (including several blanks), unnumbered. New York, 1830-31. 193 x 160 mm. Quarter sheep, marbled boards ca. 1830, light wear and rubbing, stain on front cover. Dampstaining affecting some of the text, light foxing but very good. Pasteboard ticket to Stevens’s lectures laid in (foxed, lower portion defective).
Manuscript notes of lectures by three members of the faculty of the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons: Alexander H. Stevens, professor of the principles and practice surgery; John Augustine Smith, professor of anatomy and president of the NYCPS; and Edward Delafield, professor of obstetrics. Stevens, a student of Astley Cooper, John Abernethy and Dominique Jean Larré, introduced the European system of bedside surgical demonstrations and instruction to the New York Hospital in 1818; he later served as president of both the NYCPS (1843-55) and the American Medical Association (1848-49). John Augustine Smith studied medicine in New York and lectured on anatomy at the NYCPS before leaving to serve as the tenth president of the College of William and Mary. He returned to the College in 1826 and became its president in 1831. He is best known for his advocacy of scientific racism, seeking to demonstrate the supposed inferiority of Black people in his anatomy lectures. Delafield, better known as an ophthalmologist, co-founded the New York Eye Infirmary and served as the first president of the American Ophthalmological Society; he was appointed the NYCPS’s professor of obstetrics and the diseases of women and children in 1826 and later served as the College’s president.
Hiram Draper, the taker of these notes, began practicing medicine and surgery in New York City in 1833.Book Id: 45608