HODGKIN, Thomas.

Lectures on the Morbid Anatomy of the Serous and Mucous Membranes. In two volumes. Vol. I. On the serous membranes… (–Vol. II. Part I. On the mucous membranes [all published]).

London: Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper,... 1836 (vol. 2: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co. 1840).1836

2 volumes, 8vo, pp. ix, (x), 402, (2) adverts; viii, (xvi), 541, (1), (2) adverts. Additional adverts inserted at the end of vol. 1. Original pebbled (volume 1) and straight-grained (volume 2) mauve cloth, partly faded as usual, both volumes rebacked to match retaining the original paper labels (somewhat rubbed and soiled) on spines, uncut. Cancelled library stamp on versos of titles and evidence of a bookplate removed, some foxing on the endpapers.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 2290. “One of the earliest English books on pathology” (Garrison), and the stimulus for the study of tissue pathology in England. Hodgkin was the first in England to give a regular course of lectures in morbid anatomy, which he began at Guy’s Hospital in 1827. The notes for his lectures over the years became the basis for the present book, which established his reputation as a member of the distinguished school of morbid anatomists connected with Guy’s Hospital. Hodgkin made a number of original observations in the course of his lectures, although in many cases others put them into print before him. Hodgkin gave an impetus to the study of pathology which extended to many aspects of the subject. His extensive lectures included not just the changes which occur to the body after the death, but external injury, the working of poisons, and other forensic details. G&M 2290. Long, A History of Pathology, pp. 162–163: “...a monumental treatise.” Very scarce, especially so when both volumes are found together.


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