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Philadelphia:: Presley Blakiston. 1881. hardcover. 2. 228 x 151 mm. 8vo. viii, 86 pp. 13 figs., 1 chromo-lithographic plate after drawings by Gowers. Original blind-stamped olive-green cloth, gilt spine; spine ends lightly frayed, label partially removed from head of spine. Ex library blind-stamp of the Presbyterian Hospital Library, Philadelphia, on title. Very good. . SECOND AMERICAN EDITION. Gowers demonstrated the dorsal spinocerebellar tract, "Gowers's tract," and introduced the terms "myotatic" and "knee-jerk", which he elicited with the rubber edge of his stethoscope or a percussion hammer. This work on spinal cord diseases was originally delivered in 1877 to the Medical Society of Wolverhampton. It is a fine example of the painstaking scholarship which characterizes all of Sir William Gowers's writings. Most of Gowers's professional life was spent at University College Hospital where he developed the extraordinary powers of observation, personal study habits, and writing ability for which he was known. His works are admired almost as much for their clarity and organization as they are for content. Gowers invented the first practical hemoglobinometer and was the first to describe the bundle of nerve fibers in the spinal cord (Gowers's tract). With Sir Victor Horsley (1857-1916) he became the first to remove a spinal cord tumor successfully. Gowers was a fine artist and his Manual and atlas of medical ophthalmology (1879) was illustrated by his own hand. REFERENCES: Courville Collection 862 (2nd ed., London, 1881); DNB, 1912-1921, pp. 221-222; Garrison and Morton 4562 (1st ed, 1880); Haskell Norman Library 919 (1st ed., 1880); Heirs of Hippocrates 2076 (1st ed, 1880); Hirsch, II, pp. 614-615; McHenry, Garrison's history of neurology, pp. 311-315; Osler 2783 (2nd ed, 1881); Waller 3663 (1st ed,. 1880) & 3664 (2nd ed., London, 1881). Dust jacket present. First Edition.
Title: The diagnosis of diseases of the spinal cord; an address delivered to the Medical Society of Wolverhampton, October 9th, 1879
Publisher: Philadelphia:, Presley Blakiston: 1881
ISBN Number: 391877x3939x3
Book Condition: 2
lbs: 3.00 lbs
Seller ID: M6928