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Sir Samuel Wilks (1824-1911), Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria, President of the Royal College of Physicians, medical author [William Frederick Cleveland (1823-1898), surgeon]

[Sir Samuel Wilks, Physician Extraordinary to Queen Victoria and President of the Royal College of Physicians.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Wilks') to W. F. Cleveland, comparing two cases, and discussing Metcalfe Johnson and 'Dr Silsons case'.

For information on the recipient William Frederick Cleveland, see his obituary, BMJ, 3 December 1898. 4pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf. Folded twice. The letter begins: 'My dear Cleveland, | I am much...

£250.00
Sir David Ferrier (1843-1928), Scottish neurologist and psychologist [Dr Lyon; Mr Leroy]

[Sir David Ferrier, pioneering Scottish neurologist and psychologist.] Typed Letter Signed ('David Ferrier') to 'Dr. Lyon', giving his diagnosis of 'Mr Leroy', who is 'not quite injudicious as to the use of stimulants'.

1p, 8vo. In fair condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of leaf. Folded twice. He begins by expressing his obligation to Lyon 'for recommending Mr Leroy to consult me'. He finds some of Leroy's symptoms 'suggestive of alcoholism or perhaps mild lead...

£180.00
Samuel Gee [Samuel Jones Gee] (1839-1911), physician, paediatrician, first describer of coeliac disease [George Augustus Auden (1872-1957), physician, professor of public health, father of W. H. Auden

[Samuel Jones Gee, physician and paediatrician who first described coeliac disease.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Samuel Gee') to 'Auden' [the physician George Augustus Auden, father of W. H. Auden], regarding literary references in his writings.

3pp, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse of second leaf. Folded once. He begins by stating that he found 'the saying about Crete in Phineas Fletcher's Purple Island'. He gives an explanatory quotation, adding: 'Your...

£180.00
Robert Gooch (1784-1830), physician, obstetrician, Librarian to George IV, friend of poet laureate Robert Southey

[Robert Gooch, physician, obstetrician and Librarian to George IV.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Robt Gooch'), inviting the recipient to his house to talk 'for an hour or two about Yarmouth news'.

1p, 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to the second leaf, which has been cut down the middle vertically, resulting in loss to one of the two postmarks, as well as to Gooch's addressing of the letter: '[...]ent Esqre | […] Webb...

£100.00
Malcolm Flemyng (c.1700-1764), Scottish physiologist and medical author [John Nourse (1705-1780), London scientific bookseller and publisher; William Hunter (1718-1783), anatomist]

[Malcolm Flemyng, Scottish physiologist and medical author.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Malcolm Flemyng') [to his London publisher John Nourse], ordering books, discussing his 'Lectures', and requesting news of a 'Discovery' by William Hunter.

The recipient of the present letter is not named, but it is the scientific bookseller and publisher John Nourse (1705-1780), who the following year would published the 'Lectures' referred to in the letter: 'An Introduction to Physiology, being A Course of Lectures upon The most important Parts...

£500.00
John Elliotson (1791-1868), Scottish physician and Professor of the Principles and Practice of Medicine at University College London, medical author and editor

[John Elliotson, eminent Scottish physician, Professor at University College London.] Autograph Letter Signed ('J. Elliotson') to Mrs Ellen Collen, wife of the artist Henry Collen, who produced paintings based on Elliotson's use of 'Animal Magnetism'

Elliotson was an innovator, employing hypnosis and acupuncture in his treatment. The recipient of this letter is Ellen Collen, born Ellen Dison, wife of the miniaturist and photographer Henry Collen (1797-1879). A connection between Elliotson and Henry Collen is indicated in an Athenaeum review...

£180.00
John Bunnell Davis (1777-1824), physician, founder in 1816 of the Universal Dispensary for Children [now Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women], London

[John Bunnell Davis, physician, founder of the Universal Dispensary for Children [now Royal Waterloo Hospital.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jno B Davis M D') [to the trustees], tendering in odd terms his resignation from the 'valuable Institution'.

For Davis see Munk's Roll, the Gentleman's Magazine for January 1825, and I. S. L. Loudon's paper 'John Bunnell Davis and the Universal Dispensary for Children' (BMJ, 5 May 1979). The Universal Dispensary for Children, founded by Davis in 1816 and open to the under-twelves, was as Loudon points...

£250.00
James Currie (1756-1805), Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns [George Ogle, Irish politician; Bath; Mrs Riddell]

[James Currie, Scottish physician in Liverpool, abolitionist and editor of Robert Burns.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Ja Currie') [to Mrs Riddell?], playfully critiquing a poem and 'Riddle', with reference to 'Mr & Mrs Ogle' and 'Miss Moore'.

2pp, 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of leaf. Folded three times. The recipient is not named, but the letter is annotated in pencil with the words 'From Bath – in the Spring of 1805 | To a lady of the name of Riddell' (...

£180.00
David Daniel Davis (1777-1841), Physician Accoucher at the Queen Charlotte Lying-in Hospital; attended at birth of Queen Victoria; Professor in Midwifery, University of London [Cadell & Davies]

[David Daniel Davis, Professor in Midwifery at the University of London, who attended at the birth of Queen Victoria.] Autograph Letter Signed ('D D Davis') to his publishers Cadell & Davies, about his translation of Pibel's 'Treatise on Insanity'.

2pp, 4to. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to reverse of second leaf, which is addressed, with Sheffield postmark, to 'Messrs Cadell & Davies | Booksellers | Strand | London'. Folded several times. He begins by reporting the...

£320.00
Andrew Duncan, the elder (1744-1828), Scottish physician and Professor at Edinburgh University, joint founder of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [Samuel Parkes (1761-1825), eminent chemist]

[Andrew Duncan, the elder, Scottish physician and Professor at Edinburgh University.] Autograph Letter Signed ('A Duncan Sen.') to 'Samuel Parks', i.e. the chemist Samuel Parkes, regarding the discourse he delivered at an award to Parkes.

For the recipient Samuel Parks, internationally-renowned chemist and member of twenty-one learned societies, see his entry in the Oxford DNB, which explains his presence in Edinburgh at the time of the letter by explaining that it was during a visit to the city in June 1825 that Parkes 'was...

£180.00
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