“MORTON CONVINCED THE WORLD, THE CREDIT IS HIS” (OSLER)
MORTON, William Thomas Green. Statements Supported by Evidence… of the Anaesthetic Properties of Ether. Washington, 1853.
First edition, an exceedingly rare presentation copy of the 1853 Senate Committee Report documenting the long and bitter controversy over Dr. William Morton’s revolutionary discovery of surgical anesthesia, a groundbreaking event with “an immediate and profound effect on medical practice”—inscribed to the “Franklin Institute Library, Philadelphia, Pen. With Respects of W.T.G. Morton, M.D. Boston, Mass.”—scarce in contemporary marbled boards. $4600.