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The practice of medicine, physic or healing is a craft known throughout the ages.  The foundations of medicine as a real branch of science were laid by the ancient Greeks, Hippocrates and Galen and over the next two thousand years the science of medicine advanced, albeit with some peaks and troughs.  During its history there have been many charlatans and quacks but there have also been men and women of genius, who have made real breakthroughs that have been of lasting benefit to mankind. One of the high points in medical development came in the 19th century, with the establishment of proper teaching hospitals, better clinical procedures and a number of important breakthroughs which identified the causes of many of the common killer diseases. The men leading this enlightenment became popular celebrities to the Victorians. They became rich and had honours and titles heaped upon them and AUTOGRAPHS in this specialist field have always been in demand and collected.

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ELIZABETH BLACKWELL (1821-1910) Autograph Letter Signed
ELIZABETH BLACKWELL (1821-1910) Autograph Letter Signed

ELIZABETH BLACKWELL Autograph Letter Signed. Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman to receive a medical degree in America and the first to be entered on the British Medical Register. The first formally qualified and recognised female physician in either country.   ALS. 3pp. Liverpool. Sunday, June 10th 1866. To [Edward] Blyth.   "We reached here yesterday and found your very kind and welcome letter awaiting us. We should have been much pleased to accept the cordial invitation sent by your father and mother to spend the night at their house had we not been obliged to change our plan a.....

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SIR BENJAMIN COLLINS BRODIE (1783-1862) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR BENJAMIN COLLINS BRODIE (1783-1862) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR BENJAMIN COLLINS BRODIE AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed. British (English) surgeon. Pioneer of treatments for bone and joint diseases.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. 14 Saville Row. July 24th 1838. To "Sir".   "It would afford me great satisfaction to show my respects for the memory of the late Dr Sims, and I am very sorry that particular engagements will prevent me attending his funeral on the 26th instant."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Hole to left margin of integral blank leaf (not affecting text leaf), else fine.   Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie was a very skilled.....

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GBP185.00
SIR EDWIN CHADWICK (1800-1890) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR EDWIN CHADWICK (1800-1890) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR EDWIN CHADWICK Autograph Letter Signed. Public health reformer, whose reports led to the passing of the Public Health Act 1848 and the establishment of the local Boards of Health, the precursors to Local Government.   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. 6 rue Malzac. Tuesday evening, no date or year. To Miss Anna Blackwell (the sister of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell).   "I mentioned to you I think that I should be most severely occupied, as I have been, it being near the close of the Exhibition, and I delayed in the hope of being able to come today but have.....

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SIR ASTLEY PASTON COOPER (1768-1841) Autograph Letter
SIR ASTLEY PASTON COOPER (1768-1841) Autograph Letter

SIR ASTLEY PASTON COOPER autograph LETTER. British (English) surgeon and anatomist.   AL. 1p and integral blank leaf serving as a letter cover. 39 Conduit Street. July 26th 1838. To Mr Shipman, Undertaker, Gracechurch Street, City.   "Sir Astley Cooper regrets exceedingly that it is not in his power to attend the funeral of Dr Sims. Sir Astley Cooper has for a long series of years known his departed friend and equally laments his death for his amiable qualities in private life and for his intelligence, science and utility as a physician".   8vo. Approx 7.5 x 4.75 inches. Some.....

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GBP185.00
JOHN ELLIOTSON (1791-1868) Autograph Letter
JOHN ELLIOTSON (1791-1868) Autograph Letter

JOHN ELLIOTSON Autograph Letter. British (English) surgeon and practitioner of mesmerism.   AL. 3pp. Conduit Street, Monday , no month or year [July 1838]. To Mr Shipman.   "Dr Elliotson requests of Mr Shipman to offer his best acknowledgements to the family of Dr Sims for their kindness in inviting him to follow the remains of their relative to the grave and to express his respects but his professional engagements will render it impossible for him to join in this solemn office. He avails himself of this opportunity of telling his unfeigned sorrow at the loss of so excellent and.....

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GBP145.00
SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON (1808-1877) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON (1808-1877) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON Autograph Letter Signed. British (Scottish) surgeon.   ALS. 1p. 16 George Street, Hanover Square, W. 24th May 1866. To [Thomas] Shapter.   "Any time somewhere between 10 and 12 - the sooner after 10 the better."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Fine.   Sir William Fergusson was a pupil of the Edinburgh anatomist, Dr Robert Knox, and became his demonstrator. He became the foremost surgeon of his day and was renowned for his operative skill and speed. He was president of the Royal College of Surgeons, surgeon to Prince Albert, Sergeant-Surgeon to Queen Victoria, senior surgeon.....

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GBP75.00
SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON (1808-1877) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON (1808-1877) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR WILLIAM FERGUSSON Autograph Letter signed. British (Scottish) surgeon.   ALS. 1p and integral blank leaf. 16 George Street, Hanover Square, W. 28th June 1866. To Mr [Thomas] Shapter.   "I shall arrange for the operation at say about 2 o'clock on Monday next and shall expect you to let me know Miss Scott's address before that time. Enclose the address when you are likely to get a good sum [?]"   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Fine.   Sir William Fergusson was a pupil of the anatomist Dr Robert Knox and became his demonstrator. He became the foremost.....

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GBP125.00
SIR B. WALTER FOSTER (1840-1913) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR B. WALTER FOSTER (1840-1913) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR B. WALTER FOSTER Autograph Letter Signed. British [English] physician, politician and public health reformer.   ALS. 3pp. 30 Grosvenor Road, Westminster, S.W. July 10th, no year. To Dr Woodhouse.   "Mr Woodall has sent me a Xmas card so I enclose a letter for him enclosed. Please give it to him if he is fully well. It is as cheery and chatty as I can make it to enliven him a little. How is he? Send me a line when you can as I am often asked and I can more exactly know what to say. I hope Mrs.....

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GBP85.00
HENRY HALFORD (1766-1844) Autograph Official Bulletin Reporting on the Illness of William IV, Signed
HENRY HALFORD (1766-1844) Autograph Official Bulletin Reporting on the Illness of William IV, Signed

HENRY HALFORD autograph official bulletin reporting on the final illness of King William IV, Signed (to which the names of William Frederick Chambers and David Davies are also appended). Sir Henry Halford, previously known as Henry Vaughan. British physician and President of the Royal College of Surgeons for 24 years. An official bulletin in the hand of Sir Henry Halford. Windsor Castle. June 18th 1837. "The symptoms of the King's disease have not increas'd but His Majesty is more feeble today. Henry Halford, William Frederick Chambers, David Davies."  20.25 x 7.5 cms (8 x 3 inches). Laid down on old paper.....

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GBP95.00
EVERARD HOME (1756-1832) Autograph Letter Signed
EVERARD HOME (1756-1832) Autograph Letter Signed

EVERARD HOME Autograph Letter Signed (to which the names of John Gunning, Benjamin Collins Brodie and George Ewbank are also appended). Sir Everard Home FRS. British surgeon. ALS. 2pp. St George's Hospital. September 10th 1819.  To "Dear Sir".   In compliance with your request we the undersigned have examined the boy you sent to St George's Hospital and our opinion is that the acetabulum of the pelvis as well as the head of the thigh bone is included in the disease, and under such circumstances we do not consider that any operation can be attended with success. Everard Home, John Gunning,.....

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GBP135.00
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