Philadelphia: Ed. Barrington and Geo. D. Haswell, 1845. 30pp. plus nine leaves of lithographic plates and pp. of advertisements. Publisher's black cloth, stamped in blind and gilt. Moderate wear and spotting to boards, corners bumped, spine ends lightly worn. Contemporary ownership inscriptions on front pastedown and front free endpaper. Small gouge to lower left margin of plate five (image not affected). Staining (blood?) to lower outer corner of plates seven, eight, and nine and surrounding pages (text only slightly affected). Occasional foxing throughout, heavier to plates. Withal, about very good. Item #WRCAM55247
First edition of well-known physician John Neill's work on the nervous system for medical students. Neill (1819-80) graduated from the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania in 1840, specializing in diseases of the eye. He was subsequently appointed to increasingly prestigious positions, including: demonstrator of anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania, surgeon at Wills Eye Hospital, physician to the Southeastern Cholera Hospital, and professor of surgery at the Pennsylvania Medical College. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered his services first as contract surgeon and then Surgeon of Volunteers. Soon he was put in charge of all military hospitals in Philadelphia, and eventually made medical director for all Pennsylvania forces. After the war he returned to civilian medicine and helped found the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1874 he was appointed the first professor of clinical surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He wrote and published extensively throughout his career, and his works were used widely by medical students. The attractive black and white illustrations are the work of pioneering French-born lithographer Peter S. Duval (1804/5-86), one of the most prominent lithographers and printers of the 19th century. Duval worked with a series of partners, producing advertisements, pictorial views, certificates, sheet music, book and periodical illustrations, maps, and portraits. Duval was one of the first to experiment with color lithography and is credited with the first color printing in the U.S.; he was also one of the first Americans to introduce steam power to parts of the lithographic process. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 45-4581. Howard A. Kelly & Walter L. Burrage, AMERICAN MEDICAL BIOGRAPHIES (Baltimore: Norman, Remington Co., 1920), pp.846-47.