An Essay on Hydrocephalus Acutus, or Dropsy in the Brain.
Edinburgh: Printed for Mundell, Doig, & Stevenson; and J. Murray, London.1808
8vo, pp. viii, (9)-218. Errata slip pasted on the last page. Without the final advert leaf. Library stamp at top of title. Good modern half calf antique, very good copy.
FIRST EDITION. The first description of acute hydrocephalus. The work is a continuation of the monograph of Robert Whytt, and sharply criticises the views of Benjamin Rush. It includes carefully recorded case histories and autopsies. Cheyne wrote the first noteworthy monographs on neuropathology to appear in the nineteenth century, and is remembered eponymously by “Cheyne-Stokes respiration”. He was a pupil of Charles Bell, to whom this book is dedicated. G&M 4635. See McHenry pp. 248–249, and Spillane, The Doctrine of the Nerves, p. 176. Abt, Paediatrics, pp. 84–85. Norman Catalogue 472. Rare.