SNOW, John.

On the Inhalation of the Vapour of Ether. From the London Medical Gazette.

London: Printed by Wilson and Ogilvy… [].1847

8vo, pp. 10, (2) blank. Text printed in double columns, 2 illustrations of apparatus in the text. Later green half morocco (contents loose), unlettered.

FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, containing Snow’s first printed description and illustration of his regulating apparatus, which was the first to control the amount of ether vapour inhaled by the patient. Snow first described his inhaler in this paper published in the London Medical Gazette (1847, n.s. 4, 156), of which the present is an offprint. He modified the inhaler soon after, and published the revisions in his On the Inhalation of the Vapour of Ether in Surgical Operations (G&M 5658), which appeared in October, 1847, a larger book described by G&M as the second treatise on ether anaesthesia, after that of Robinson. Norman catalogue 1965. Not in Fulton & Stanton. See Cole, Milestones in anesthesia, 11. Of exceptional rarity, even more so than Snow’s book later that year. Not in the BL; Wellcome has a copy. RLIN locates two copies, at Yale and Harvard.


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