FEVER

[ James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool. ] Autograph Signature ('Ja Currie') to manuscript minute of meeting of 'Church-Wardens Sides-men & physicians of the two Charities held at the Dispensary', regarding plans for a fever hospital.

Author: 
James Currie (1756-1805): Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [ The Dispensary, Temple Bar, Liverpool; The Royal Free Hospital, Liverpool ]
Publication details: 
On paper watermarked 1799. Minutes dated from the Dispensary [Temple Bar ], Liverpool, 24 April 1801.
£400.00

This document is of particular interest as it concerns the foundation of the institution that would become the Royal Free Hospital, Liverpool. As a result of the meeting described in the present document, the Institution for the Care and Prevention of Contagious Fevers opened in 1802 at 2 Constitution Row, Grays Inn Lane. It was the first voluntary fever hospital and had 15 beds. 2pp., 8vo. On a leaf which appears to have been extracted from a minute book. On laid paper with watermark 'JOSEPH COLES | 1799'.

[Sir George Buchanan, physician and epidemiologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('George Buchanan'), apologising 'To the Secretary of the Social Science Association' for not being able to present a paper.

Author: 
Sir George Buchanan (1831-1895), epidemiologist and civil servant, assistant physician at the children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street ( N1855-1860), physician (1861–1868) at the London Fever Hospital
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On letterhead of 75 Gower Street, WC [London]. 3 October 1859.
£40.00

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly aged and creased paper. A florid apology, beginning: 'The very kind consideration extended to me by yourself and the other managers of your admirable association appears to demand from me something more than a renewed Confession of incapacity on my part.' He has been 'at work almost all the time that other people have been making holiday, without finding time to leave my more imperative labours for the compilation of the paper which I should have wished to present'. He continues in the same tone, with the reminder that he 'at first expressed to Mr.

[Dinah Maria Craik, Victorian novelist, author of 'John Halifax, Gentleman'.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D M Craik') to 'Mrs Western', regarding the taking-in of 'Isabel' and an outbreak of scarlet fever.

Author: 
Dinah Maria Craik [née Mulock] (1826-1887), novelist, best-known for 'John Halifax, Gentleman' (1856)
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On letterhead of The Corner House, Shortlands, Kent. 12 September 1882.
£90.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. 57 lines of closely-written text. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. She begins by exclaiming 'I have been so very sorry for you!', before urging her correspondent to 'keep quarantine'. 'But about Isabel? [...] I would gladly take her to stay here as I have done beforetime - but there are some impediments - we must have complete separation between our house & yours - Mr Harris's dread is indescribable - he lost his wife & (I think) two sisters with scarlet fever. I think they wd.

[John Leigh, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Manchester.] Autograph draft of long letter 'To the Editor of the Manchester Courier' on 'Fever Accommodation in Manchester' for children, and the Fever Hospital or House of Recovery at Monsall.

Author: 
John Leigh (d.1888) of Sandiway House, Whalley Range, Manchester, first Medical Officer of Health for the City of Manchester
Publication details: 
From York Chambers [Brazenose Street, Manchester]. On letterheads of the Office of Health, Town Hall, Manchester. 1 August 1874.
£280.00

5pp., foolscap 8vo. In fair condition, on aged paper, with wear to corner (not affecting text). With deletions and emendations. The letter begins: 'Dr. Reed in his letter dated July 30th has truly stated that both in my Reports and in private conversation I have borne testimony to the great usefulness of the Fever Hospital or "House of Recovery" at Monsall.

Autograph Signature ('A. Tweedie MD.') of the Scottish physician and writer Alexander Tweedie

Author: 
Alexander Tweedie (1794-1884), FRS, Scottish writer and physician [London Fever Hospital]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£28.00

On 3.5 x 11 cm piece of laid paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged and spotted paper. An elegant signature, firmly written with no surrounding text.

Facts about Fevers, Or Practical Rules for Preventing the Spread of Infection, Especially in Relation to Outbreaks of Scarlatina & Typhoid Fever.

Author: 
David Page, M.D., Edin.
Publication details: 
Kendal: Printed by Wm. Fisher, Stricklandgate. ['Netherfield, Kendal. January 1st, 1880.'
£45.00

Octavo: 15pp. Unbound and stitched, with original printed front wrap. Presentation copy, inscribed on front wrap 'With the Author's Compts | No. 4'. Good, with neat vertical fold and small glue stain to front wrap. 'There are few persons who, in the course of a lifetime manage to escape, and there is probably not a household which does escape, one or more of the numerous complaints which are popularly known as Fevers. [...] The object of this pamphlet is [...] to give shortly and to the point [...] that information about well-established Medical facts concerning these matters'.

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