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Below is a listing of a few medical and scientific antiques that are currently for sale. Please feel free to send an e-mail for additional details and to place an order. 

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  74.  Handbook of Surgical Operations, Stephen Smith, M.D.  New York:  Baillière Brothers, 1862.  274 pages.  257 illustrations.  3rd edition.  Original covers.  This surgical manual is one of Civil War's standard surgical guides.   
  75.  An attractive 1950s twelve-inch tall hand-blown clear glass display mixing beaker which is boldly wheel-engraved: CAGLE REXALL DRUGS / HANNIBAL, MISSOURI. Stars are also engraved about the legend.  The photo shows Carol Cagle in front of his drug store.  Cagle was in business from 1952 to 1965.  $650 pharmacy, Rexall, Hannibal.jpg (98916 bytes)

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  76.    A  very rare set of c. 1790s antique Perkins tractors with original case.  Each galvanic metallic tractor is marked: PERKINS / PATENT / TRACTORS Elisha Perkins (1741-1799), of Plainfield, Connecticut, received the first medical patent issued under the Constitution of the United States, in 1796, for this device.   The Perkins' tractors were medical quackery, of course, but Perkinism promised electrotherapeutic cures for pains in the head, face, teeth, breast, side, stomach, back, rheumatism and some gouts.  The son of Elisha Perkins, Benjamin Douglas Perkins (1774-1810), was the great promoter of the tractors, most notably in England.  He also opened the market to the veterinary trade by authoring a pamphlet, The Family Remedy; or, Perkins's Patent Metallic Tractors, For the Relief of Topical Disease of the Human Body: And of Horses, 1800.  For a decade the use of tractors was a rage...even George Washington is said to have bought a set.  James Gillray, the English social critic and cartoonist, famously spoofed the use of the Perkins' invention, in 1801, which he labeled the Rod of Aesculapios [sic] (the Greek and Roman god of medicine, Aeskulapios or Aesculapius).  For a history of the Perkins' metallic tractors, please click here and here.  Also, see Bennion, pp. 167-168.  SOLD


  77.   A fine c. 1850 antique embalming set by Favre, Paris.  The set is complete and includes three pumps, two handles for the largest pump, 8 nozzles, four valves, a trocar, a straight razor, and a pair of scissors.  Several valves are marked FAVRE A PARIS, and the lock keeper is hand-engraved:  Favre 1. Rue de l'Ecole de Medicine.  The handsome mahogany case has brass fixtures and a red wool interior.  Civil War period embalming sets are rare.  SOLD

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78.  A c. 1920 sterling silver antique medicine spoon by Tiffany & Co., New York.  The handle is engraved: BATHROOM.  $375



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  79. A c. 1850 antique plaster iron.  9" long.  Plasters of various make-up were applied to the body as a counter-irritant.  This instrument, sometimes called a blister iron, was used to spread and keep warm the matrix of the plaster.  For a detailed explanation of the use of a plaster iron, see this citation.  $225



  80.  A robust c. 1850 antique neurosurgical trephine with ebony handle.  The straight-side crown was thought in the US to be rather archaic by 1860 when the conical Galt crown became the standard.  The cut of the Galt crown made it easier to remove the bone disk.  The sliding centering pin is in proper working order.  $325  


  81.   A c. 1870 antique tintype photograph of a young doctor taking the wrist pulse of a grimacing patient whose other hand is holding his stomach.  Note that the doctor is looking at an opened hunter case pocket watch held in his hand.  SOLD  



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