Alex Peck Medical Antiques & Artifacts

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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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  35.  An Ombrédanne anesthesia inhaler as modified by Maison Drapier, Paris.  This Drapier déposé (French registered design) inhaler includes a complete inhaler with breathing bag and its wood case.  Also, the original printed instructions are present.  Drapier anaesthesia inhalers are infrequently encountered.  $850


   36.  A c. 1890 antique circumcision knife as used by a mohel.  The Jewish ritual circumcision izmel knife was made by G. Grunewald, Königsberg, East Prussia (now Kaliningrad, Russia).  $750 

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  37.  An interesting antique brassbound case for obstetric instruments with lid cartouche expertly engraved:  GUY'S HOSPITAL / Junior Obstetric Prize / Awarded by Dr. Ashwell / to / Mr. James Vincent / Session / 1841-1842.  Dr. Samuel Ashwell (1798-1857) was the Obstetric Lecturer on Midwifery at Guy's Hospital, London, from 1834 to 1849.  He gave the Hunterian Society Oration of 1841.  Ashwell was a critic of Dr. James Young Simpson's promotion of chloroform in childbirth, and famously wrote, in early 1848, that the use of chloroform was an ...unnecessary interference with the providentially arranged process of healthy labour...sooner or later, to be followed by injurious and fatal consequences.  The Lancet, 1848; 1: 291-292.  James Vincent was a first year student and he must have shown great promise as he also won Guy's Hospital top prize, a gold medal, at the close of Session 1841-42.  The lid cartouche includes the Guy's Hospital coat-of-arms and the Latin motto: DARE QUAM ACCIPERE ([It is better] to Give than to Receive).  A description of the Guy's Hospital coat-of-arms may be seen at this link.  This dealer is not aware of any other known examples of such a fancy Guy's Hospital cartouche, though they certainly must have existed.  $550

  38.  A very rare antique Wutzer surgical instrument for radical cure of hernia.  For details on its use, please see this link.  $950 


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  39.  A 19th century antique orthopedic Hamilton's improved bone drill on an Archimedean screw mechanism.  $650 


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    40.  A fine c. 1880s antique general operating surgical set by Maw, Son & Thompson, London.  $3,950


    41.  A dated 1865 oil on canvas portrait of Austin Flint, Sr., M.D. (1812-1886), a 19th century pioneer in American cardiology and gauged to be the American Laennec by Dr. Samuel D. Gross. Dr. Flint had a hand in founding two medical schools...the Buffalo Medical College (now SUNY Buffalo) and Bellevue Hospital and Medical School (now NYU).  He also taught in Chicago, Louisville, and New Orleans.  Flint served three years as president of the New York Academy of Medicine and, in 1883, he was elected president of the American Medical Association.  He wrote the first American book on diseases of the heart: A Practical Treatise on the Diagnosis, Pathology and Treatment of Diseases of the Heart (1859).  For a synopsis of Dr. Austin Flint, Sr.'s life, please see this link.  On the importance of Flint as a physical diagnostician, please see this link.  The portrait of Dr. Austin Flint, Sr., is by the New York painter John L. Harding, Sr. (d. 1882).  The artist has signed and dated the painting on the front and back.  Ex New York Academy of Medicine.  SOLD


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