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Coxe The Philadelphia Medical Museum 1805

Coxe, The Philadelphia Medical Museum, 1805

The Philadelphia Medical Museum, conducted by John Redman Coxe, M. D. In two volumes Philadelphia, 1805 (vol 1) and 1806 (vol 2). 

Two octavo volumes in half calf bindings with brown leather with marbled paper over boards. Red title plates on spines. Some mild chipping of leather. Internal hinges cracking but externally sound. A clean, bright, and tight copy in very good condition. 

Contains the first American publication on rhinoplasty—pages 343 to 347 in volume 2. Page 312 in vol 1 transcribes a patent regarding the tourniquet signed by John Adams. Page 20 of vol 2 is followed by a plate of a fetus with a craniofacial fusion defect including open cranium and harelip, as well as clubfoot, and other anomalies.  Page 191 of vol 1 includes a transcription of an 1804 letter from Benjamin Rush. 

The blanks at the end of volume 1 include an interesting pair of penciled comments: 

“These American Rascals are about as grand physicians as they are politicians [?] they have theories without facts & war without the means of supporting it—”  

Then beneath this in another hand: 

“The above is an infamous Lie! & I am not surprized [sic] that the person who wrote it should be afraid to put his name to it—Lying & Cowardice generally accompany each other” J E Dekay? (uncertain of signature. I find a J E Dekay as surgeon’s mate mentioned in a 1901 publication).