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Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913), surgeon and ophthalmologist, Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons [William Frederick Cleveland, physician]

[Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, Professor of Surgery and Pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jonathan Hutchinson') to the physician W. F. Cleveland, regarding the forthcoming British Medical Association general meeting.

For information on the recipient the physician William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. The letter concerns the twenty-seventh annual meeting of the British Medical. Association, held at Liverpool, 27 to 29 July 1859.. 2pp, 12mo. Lightly aged and worn,...

£120.00
Sir Henry W. Acland [Sir Henry Wentworth Dyke Acland] (1815-1900), Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford [Benjamin Jowett, Master of Balliol; Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, celebrated surgeon]

[Sir Henry W. Acland, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry W: Acland'), regarding arrangements made by Benjamin Jowett for recipient and Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie to stay at Balliol while in Oxford for a meeting.

2pp, 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. The year has been noted in another hand. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'My dear sir, | I have made arrangements with my...

£120.00
Sir Charles Scott Sherrington (1857-1952), physiologist, Nobel Laureate and President of the Royal Society [Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886-1961), neurologist and pioneering neurosurgeon]

[Sir Charles Scott Sherrington, physiologist and Nobel Laureate.] Five Autograph Letters Signed (all 'C. S. Sherrington') to the neurologist Sir Geoffrey Jefferson, including references to Sir William Osler, Ramón y Cajal, Hortega, and the BBC.

The five items in good condition, lightly aged and worn. ONE: 2 December 1939. With envelope addressed to 'Geoffrey Jefferson Esq. F.R.C.S | 33 Belfield Road | Didsbury | Manchester'. 2pp, 12mo. He thanks him for his 'kind notice of Harvey Cushing. Harvey was with me only a few months.' What...

£2,500.00
Samuel Solly (1805-1871), eminent surgeon, President, Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society; Arris and Gale Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons [Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist]

[Samuel Solly, eminent surgeon.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Solly') to 'Dear Owen', i.e. the palaeontologist Richard Owen, expressing gratitude for his introduction to 'Colonel Reid'.

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Thin strip of paper from mount adhering on blank second leaf of bifolium. Begins: 'Dear Owen | I am exceedingly obliged by your kind introduction to Colonel Reid and the result thereof | I shall be most glad if I can at any time or in any way do for...

£120.00
Royal College of Surgeons: Thomas Keate; Sir Charles Blicke; Sir David Dundas; Sir William Blizard; Henry Cline; Sir James Earle; Sir Everard Home; George Chandler; Thompson Forster; Charles Hawkins

[Royal College of Surgeons.] Document with ten Signatures: Thomas Keate, Master; Sir Charles Blicke, Sir David Dundas, Governors; Sir William Blizard; Henry Cline; Sir James Earle; Sir Everard Home; George Chandler; Thompson Forster; Charles Hawkins.

The document bearing the ten signatures is 1p, 8vo. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of document. Folded twice. A printed form, completed in manuscript, with the ten signatures of leading figures in the medical world of Georgian...

£800.00
Robert Willan (1757-1812), pioneering dermatologist [Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), physician and chemist; Royal Jennerian Society; James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862); vaccination]

[Robert Willan, pioneering dermatologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Willan') to A. J. G. Marcet, on the election of James Sheridan Knowles as resident vaccinator to Royal Jennerian Society, with reference to Jenner, Walker, Ring, Paytherus, Field

A highly interesting letter, casting light on the tensions between the various factions (including the 'Anti-Jennerian party') surrounding the vaccination movement in early Georgian London. See the Oxford DNB for information on Willan. Marcet and the subject of the letter, the Irish playwright...

£1,800.00
Robert Willan (1757-1812), pioneering dermatologist [Alexander John Gaspard Marcet (1770-1822), Genevan-born physician to Guy's Hospital, London, and chemist; James Sheridan Knowles (1784-1862)]

[Robert Willan, pioneering dermatologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R: Willan') to A. J. G. Marcet, regarding his pupil 'Mr. Knowles' (i.e. James Sheridan Knowles), a specimen for examination, and his own published work.

See the Oxford DNB for information on Willan. Marcet and the subject of the letter, the Irish playwright James Sheridan Knowles. Knowles's entry only states that he studied medicine 'under Dr Willan, taking the degree of MD from the University of Aberdeen, and becoming resident vaccinator to the...

£450.00
Robert Bentley Todd (1809-1860), Irish physician, physiologist and medical author [Sir Richard Owen (1804-1892), palaeontologist]

[Robert Bentley Todd, physician and physiologist.] Autograph Letter Signed ('R B Todd') to 'Profr Owen', i.e. the palaeontologist Richard Owen, regarding his contribution to 'parturient' volumes of the 'Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology'.

1p, 12mo. With mourning border. Aged and worn, with damage at head repaired with archival tape. Thin strip of paper from mount adhering on blank reverse. Addressed to 'Profr Owne', the letter reads: 'My dear Owen - | The press is just now parturient with two Parts of ye Cyclopaedia. As soon as...

£250.00
Sir William Ellis [Sir William Charles Ellis] (1780-1839), physician, first medical superintendent at Hanwell Asylum, where his humane treatment was influential [Henry William Robert Davey, Yarmouth]

[Sir William Charles Ellis, asylum superintendent.] Autograph Letter Signed ('W C Ellis') to Yarmouth physician Henry Davey, describing – in support of his use of phrenology in diagnosis – the case history of a violent and insane 'Lady of Rank'.

Ellis was the first Medical Superintendent at the Middlesex County Asylum, serving in the position from 1831 to 1838. His 'humane treatment' and 'therapeutic employment' were highly influential. The present letter is of high interest, with Ellis displaying his qualities – in support of his use...

£450.00
Sir Thomas Spencer Wells (1818-1897), surgeon to Queen Victoria and President of the Royal College of Surgeons [William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), surgeon]

[Sir Thomas Spencer Wells, surgeon to Queen Victoria and President of Royal College of Surgeons.] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. Spencer Wells') to W. F. Cleveland, arranging a joint consultation, and inviting him to 'see me do ovariotomy'.

For information on the recipient William Frederick Cleveland, see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. 2pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper adhering to the reverse of the blank second leaf. Folded twice. He begins by explaining that he has been that day...

£220.00
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