Publisher Information: New York: 1837-38.
Smith, Joseph M. (1789-1866); Alban G. Smith (1795-1861); John B. Beck (1794-1851). Manuscript notes of lectures given at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York, taken by E. Smith. Ca. 85 leaves, unnumbered; written from both ends, and with numerous notes in ink and pencil on the endpapers. N.p. [New York], 1837-38. 195 x 159 mm. Half sheep, marbled boards ca. 1837, some rubbing and wear. One leaf torn, another 1-2 leaves, possibly missing occasional offsetting from botanical specimens pressed between the leaves but very good. Scattered botanical artwork presumably by someone else on a few leaves.
Manuscript notes recording lectures given in 1837-83 at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York by three of its faculty members: Joseph Mather Smith, professor of the theory and practice of medicine; Alban Gilpin Smith (later Alban Goldsmith), chair of surgery; and John Brodhead Beck, professor of materia medica, botany and medical jurisprudence. The notes are the work of either Edward Smith of New York, who received his degree from the NYCPS in 1838, or Elijah Smith of New Jersey, who was a student at the College in 1837-38 but did not receive a degree from the institution. Interestingly, one of the notes on the first leaf reads, “In surgical operations perform the most painful part first”—the note was of course written eight or nine years before the discovery of surgical anesthesia. Lecture notes such as these help to shed light on the way medicine was taught in the United States in the first half of the nineteenth century.Book Id: 45609