New York, NY: Collins & Co. Published Under the Authority of the Physicians and Surgeons of That Institution, 1816. First Edition. Hard Cover. Good. Item #26868
x + (2) contents + 180 + (2) Table IV (Finis) pages (last page blank). Title page with the ownership signature of James R. Wood at top; and with another name, lined-through, of William Chambers. Concerning this book, "... New York Hospital's pharmacopoeia was published in 1816, four years before the publication of the United States Pharmacopoeia. This caused considerable concern among the attending physicians, about the potential abridgement of the physician's right to prescribe..." (from: New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell site) Dr. James Rushmore Wood (1816 -1882) "…began the practice of medicine in his native city, and in 1847 he became a member of the medical board of Bellevue hospital, New York. At that time this institution was a receptacle for lunatics, paupers, criminals, and other victims of a depraved life. The most rudimentary hygienic laws were grossly violated in its management, and the nursing was inefficient and untrustworthy. With the assistance of Morris Franklin, president of the board of aldermen, Dr. Wood set about reforming this state of things, and labored so successfully that he soon reduced the annual death-rate by 600. He also made all the post-mortem examinations, amounting to many hundreds yearly, established Saturday surgical clinics, and founded the Wood prize for the best anatomical dissection...."(Appleton) Dr. Wood was also Chair, of Operative Surgery and Surg. Path., in Bellevue Hosp. Coll. and Emeritus Prof. of Surgery until 1882….the most famous American surgeon of his day and the pioneer in periosteal surgery. Author of many papers and treatises..." Title page also with the previous owner name-stamp of collector George R. Brush M.D. U.S. Navy; a surgeon & medical inspector, from 1861-1894; his medical education was accomplished in NY at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (1858). Printer, A. Paul. Approx. 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" size; bound in later 19th century dark brown textured cloth, dark brown morocco leather corners & spine, gilt spine titles & lines, simple gilt rules on the boards, block edges lightly sprinkled red. Cloth with loss of color at edges; binding with edge, tips wear; contents foxed, spotty; in good condition.