GYNAECOLOGY

[James Foulis, Edinburgh gynaecologist.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Alice', regarding her gift of an orchid, and his pets and lilies.

Author: 
James Foulis (1846-1901), Edinburgh gynaecologist
Publication details: 
34 Heriot Row [Edinburgh]. 9 June 1897.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. The lower half of the reverse laid down on a piece of card from an album. A charming letter apparently written to a young girl, suffused with late Victorian charm. He writes: 'My dear Miss Alice | The little orchid you sent to me last evening was a very sweet one. It belongs to the group “Maxillaria”, all of which are sweetly scented. I miss my old pets very much, but we cannot have everything in this world!; He concludes, after reporting on the state of his 'Lilies', in the hope that the recipient and her sister are in good health.

[ Dr Herbert Ritchie Spencer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Herbert R Spencer | M.D., B.S., F.R.C.P. | Professor of Obs. Medicine | in Uni. Coll. Lond | Obstetric physician | to Uni. Coll. Hosp.'), testimonial in favour of his assistant 'Mr. Crawford'.

Author: 
Dr Herbert Ritchie Spencer (1860-1941), Professor of Obstetric Medicine in University College, London, and Harley Street obstetrician and gynaecologist
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 104 Harley Street [ London ]. 2 June 1904.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. On aged and worn paper. Written in a difficult hand as befits a medical practiioner. The reference reads: 'I have much pleasure in giving a testimonial in favour of my assistant Mr. Crawford. He is a good assistant and a pleasant man to work with and is well qualified in all branches of medical work. He is also thoroughly acquainted with the modern development of surgery.'?>

['Private' printed text by Daniel Dougal, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manchester.] Professor Dougal's Notes on Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Reproductive Function. Part Two [Three; Four].

Author: 
Daniel Dougal (1884-1948), Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Manchester University, vice-president, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists [Davyhulme Military Hospital, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Davyhulme Military Hospital, Manchester.] All three parts: 'Seventh Edition, 1944.'
£350.00

Dougal received an appreciative obituary in The Times, 15 June 1948 ('His contributions to the literature of his subject were numerous and valuable. [...] his reputation was world wide. [...] only ill-health prevented him from allowing himself to be nominated for the presidency of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, an honour he richly deserved.').

Autograph Letter Signed ('H Macnaughton Jones') from the Irish gynaecologist Henry Macnaughton Jones to 'Dr. Coffin', concerning the diagnosis of 'Mrs. Damon'.

Author: 
Dr Henry Macnaughton Jones (d.1918), Irish consulting surgeon and writer; Professor of Midwifery, Queen's College, Cork; President of the British Gynaecological Society
Dr Henry Macnaughton Jones
Publication details: 
Undated; on letterhead of 141 Harley Street, Cavendish Square, London.
£56.00
Dr Henry Macnaughton Jones

12mo, 2 pp. Twenty-six lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. Having examined Mrs Damon in her bed, he now finds her 'up & down stairs', and requests Coffin to 'kindly give her a look up & control her & force her to be an invalid for a few days'. Ends with the news that his wife is 'still most seriously & dangerously ill'. For some of Jones's many achievements see his entry in Who Was Who, and also his obituary, British Medical Journal, 4 May 1918, pp.521–522

Typed Letter Signed to [Mary] Scharlieb, 149 Harley Street.

Author: 
Leonard Darwin
Publication details: 
24 September 1919; on letterhead of the Professional Classes War Relief Council (Incorporated).
£120.00

Soldier, policitician, economist, eugenicist (1850-1943) and son of Charles Darwin. The recipient Dame Mary Scharlieb (1845-1931) was an early woman doctor. Two pages, quarto. Good, but on slightly discoloured and lightly creased paper, with staple stains to both top left-hand corners. An interesting letter concerning the efforts of Scharlieb's Committee to 'establish a Home where the wives of professional men could be certain to obtain excellent treatment at moderate fees'.

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