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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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EDWARD JENNER (1749-1823) Autograph Letter Signed
EDWARD JENNER (1749-1823) Autograph Letter Signed

EDWARD JENNER Autograph Letter Signed. British physician and pioneer of vaccination.   ALS. 4pp with integral address panel postmarked Cheltenham, 14th Ma[rch], 1811. To Dr Worthington, Southend, Upton, Worcestershire.   "My Dear Doctor, If I should not succeed, it is high time to make an attempt to write a letter in acknowledgement of your's and Mrs Worthington's kindnesses.  The post has been loaded with them.  I fancy myself - fancy? Ho-ho - I am in the 22nd or 23rd day of a Typhus caught of Mrs Newell, who has gone thro' it like her son.  The whole of this concern.....

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GBP5,250.00
SIR WILLIAM JENNER (1815-1898) Autograph Signature
SIR WILLIAM JENNER (1815-1898) Autograph Signature

SIR WILLIAM JENNER Autograph Signature. British (English) physician. The first to make the distinction between typhus and typhoid.   Autograph signature and subscription, clipped from foot of an ALS.   On paper piece measuring approx 3.x x 1.75 inches. Laid down on card from album leaf. Very good.   Sir William Jenner was president of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was physician in ordinary to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Jenner began his investigations into typhoid fever at the London Fever Hospital in 1847. He discovered the distinction between typhoid and typhus, upon.....

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GBP30.00
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910) Autograph Envelope Signed
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE (1820-1910) Autograph Envelope Signed

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE Autograph Envelope Signed. British (English) pioneer nurse and social reformer. "The Lady with the Lamp".   Envelope addressed in her hand to her sister "Lady Verney, Claydon Ho[use], Bucks" and signed at lower left. Postmarked Romsey 1865.   Measuring approx. 4 x 2.5 inches. Laid down on card with some old browning from the glue used to affix it and with mounting residue on the verso. Good.   Lady Frances Parthenope Verney, nee Nightingale (1819-1890), was Florence Nightingale's elder sister. Florence had previously had a romantic involvement with Sir Harry Verney and it was she who introduced her sister to.....

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GBP165.00
RICHARD QUAIN (1816-1898) Autograph Letter Signed
RICHARD QUAIN (1816-1898) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR RICHARD QUAIN Autograph Letter Signed. Irish physician. Author of Quain's Dictionary of Medicine.   ALS. 3pp. 67 Harley Street, W. August 1st, no year [paper watermarked 1875]. To [Thomas] Shapter.   "Many thanks for your note which affords me infinite pleasure in its being able to tell me you are so well. I trust you fully in the hands of my able and kind colleague Miss Shapter - who will do all if not more than I could do to make you well.  I am all alone, my people having migrated with their tents and their cattle into the.....

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GBP125.00
SIR WILLIAM RATHBONE (1819-1902) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR WILLIAM RATHBONE (1819-1902) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR WILLIAM RATHBONE Autograph Letter Signed. British (English) philanthropist, merchant and Liberal M.P. Reformer of nursing and public hospitals and a friend and associate of Florence Nightingale.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. 16 Pall Mall, London. 16th March 1869. To [William] Woodall.   "I have much pleasure in complying with the wish of your Borough member Mr George Melly, that I should lend you my "Andsell". You can also have if you like the "Lady in Comus" by Wright of Derby, considered by him I believe to be his best. But it is one that requires a very.....

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GBP95.00
SIR HENRY THOMPSON (1820-1904) Autograph Prescription Signed
SIR HENRY THOMPSON (1820-1904) Autograph Prescription Signed

SIR HENRY THOMPSON AUTOGRAPH Prescription Signed. British (English) surgeon.   An AUTOGRAPH Prescription, Signed. 35 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square, W. 3rd December 1883. To J.B. [or K.] Wilson, Esq.    The prescription was filled by Corbyn & Co, 300 Holborn and bears their blind stamp. Dr Thompson's prescription includes Liq: Pottasae 3vi, Liq: morphine hydrochloratis 3i and Tinct: card[anomi] 3iv, to be taken "a tablespoonful in a wine glass of water 3 times a day". Liquid potassium was one of the treatments recommended by Henry Thompson in the treatments of acidic urine and gonorrhoea. This was usually mixed with a tincture.....

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GBP125.00
SIR FREDERICK TREVES (1853-1923) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR FREDERICK TREVES (1853-1923) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR FREDERICK TREVES AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed. British (English) surgeon. Best known today for his friendship with Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man".   ALS. 1p. 6 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square, W. February 24th 1896. To [William] Woodall.   "I have your five cases of wine all ready and all labelled to 'Queen Anne's Mansions'. I have not yet had the item of the duty, etc."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Lacking integral blank leaf, slight mounting residue to left edge of blank verso, else fine.   From a 19th century collection made by the radical Liberal M.P., William Woodall......

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