Publisher Information: London: 1864.
Taylor, Alfred Swaine (1806-80). Cases and observations in medical jurisprudence. Galley proofs, with extensive autograph corrections, of Taylor’s article published in Guy’s Hospital Reports 25 (1864): 173-201. [London,] 1864. 10 sheets of the same width but varying lengths, the longest measuring 634 x 150 mm. Some rodent damage affecting several lines of text, creased, a few edges frayed. Good to very good.
Taylor was the founder of forensic toxicology and the leading medical jurist in England in the mid-nineteenth century. He held the professorship post of medical jurisprudence at Guy’s Hospital from 1831 until 1877 and was the author of several other works on forensic medicine, including Elements of Medical Jurisprudence (1836; Garrison-Morton.com 1738) and On Poisons in Relation to Medical Jurisprudence and Medicine (1848; Garrison-Morton 10729). He appeared as an expert witness in several famous criminal trials—including that of William Palmer, the notorious “Rugeley Poisoner”—and served as the model for R. Austin Freeman’s fictional detective, Dr. Thorndyke.
Taylor was one of the more prolific contributors to Guy’s Hospital Reports, publishing numerous articles on toxicology and related subjects in the Reports between 1837 and 1874. The present article contains detailed accounts of nine cases of poisoning—by mercury, Turpeth mineral (mercury oxonium sulfate), corrosive sublimate (mercuric chloride), aconite, ammonia, alcohol, nitrobenzole (nitrobenzene) and aniline—and ends by describing a process for detecting chloroform in the blood. The galley proofs are heavily corrected and amended in Taylor’s hand. One of the galley sheets is addressed on the verso to “Mr. I. C. Adlard, Printer, Bartholomew Close, E.C., City.”Book Id: 46191