Philadelphia, Pa: W. B. Saunders Co., 1928. 1st Edition. 8vo. Very Good / No jacket. Item #15191
A beautiful 1st Edition copy of this influential early 20th-Century medical text, this being the authors own copy, with his signature and various poetic pastedown laid in by the author.
Babcock (1872-1963) was a trailblazer in the fields of anesthesiology and spinal surgery and many of the pain free procedures we take for granted today are due to his exhaustive research and work. He was a world-renowned surgeon during the early and mid 20th century and his work carries great influence today.
"He introduced many innovative surgical techniques such as Babcock operation for the treatment of varicose veins, the Babcock-Bacon operation for the treatment of cancer of the rectum and sigmoid colon preserving anal sphincters, the "soup bone" cranioplasty technique, and the nerve disassociation technique for the relief of certain forms of paralysis or parasthesia due to injury or inflammation. He invented many surgical instruments such as Babcock forceps, which is widely used in everyday surgical practice, the Babcock probe, and also sump drain and lamp chimney sump drain, which also bear his name. In 1947, he received the Master Surgeon Award from the International College of Physicians and Surgeons and in 1954 the American Medical Association presented him with the Distinguished Service Medal."
Brown publisher's cloth with gilt ruling and title to spine, blocked in black. Babcock signed his volume at the top of the front pastedown and pasted in over the first two end papers are various poems, clipped from books and newspapers.
The interior is clean and bright, profusely illustrated with historic photographs and illustrations.
Mild edge wear to binding with a slight bow to front board. Overall a very nice association copy from the library of one of the most important American physicians of the 20th century.