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Considerations on the Medicinal Use, and on the Production of Factitious Airs. Part I. By Thomas Beddoes, M.D. Part II. By James Watt, Engineer. Edition the second. To which are added communications from Doctors Carmichael, Darwin, Ewart [etc., etc.]
Bristol: Printed by Bulgin and Rosser; for J. Johnson... London. . Second edition. Beddoes was the first to suggest that the inhalation of certain gases would relieve pain, and in 1798 he founded a research institution for the study of inhalation therapy, largely funded by Josiah Wedgwood. The apparatus was designed by James Watt, and manufactured by Boulton & Watt. Beddoes appointed as superintendent the nineteen-year old Humphry Davy, who undertook an extensive series of chemical and physiological experiments on factitious airs, and in 1799 produced pure nitrous oxide and discovered its analgesic properties. Between 500 and 600 copies of the first edition of this book, consisting of 80 pages, were published in October 1794. The present second edition published the following year includes correspondence and cases from many distinguished physicians. It is notable for a letter from Richard Pearson (pp. 74-76) describing the effects of ether inhalation in cases of tuberculosis. The first part by Beddoes covers experiments that he conducted on humans and animals subjected to inhaling various gases. A third edition appeared in 1796 with five parts. All editions are rare. Although this copy has five plates, only three are called for in the explanations. Duncum, The Development of Inhalation Anaesthesia, pp. 64-70. Fulton & Stanton I.8 (the first edition). Neville I, p. 114: "A classic early pioneering work in chemical anesthesia". Cole 71 (third edition). Duveen p. 61 (first edition).2 parts in 1 volume, 8vo, pp. 8, 9*-19*, (1) blank, 9-172, 40, and 5 engraved plates (3 folding) of apparatus. Printed partly on light blue paper. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt (joints and tips of corners neatly restored), black morocco label, traces of an armorial bookplate removed from the front pastedown. Slight foxing and offsetting on the plates, otherwise a fine copy.
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