Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1862. Octavo. Item #026101
Sixth edition. 614 pages, illustrations. This book was quickly printed from the London 1855 edition for use of surgeons in the Civil War. It began with a general treatment on gunshot wounds which very few physicians had dealt with prior to the war. Later in the year in a very small print run Thomas Longmore's Treatise on Gunshot Wounds would appear but this work was the primary one in makeshift field hospitals while Longmore which once printed was often destroyed as blood, filth, etc. were encrusted as physicans worked sometimes day and into the night hours. While this work began with what had been observed in the Crimean War, Longmore would distinguish wounds from the variations between the Enfield and Whitworth rifles. As in the case of most medical volumes published in the Civil War, they truly became working volumes, this volume has relative light wear. Bound in green embossed cloth, spine lettering gilt (fading), corners worn through, some chipping to spine ends, with a few nicks to spine, previous owner’s name. A very good copy.