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[Winslow, Forbes Benignus].  Physic and physicians: A medical sketch book, exhibiting the public and private life of the most celebrated medical men, of former days; with memoirs of eminent living London physicians and surgeons. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, & Co. (pr. by Thoms), 1839. 8vo (20.9 cm, 8.25"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., xiv, 360 pp. II: Frontis., [2], ii, 393, [1] pp.
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First edition: Victorian florilegium of interesting, entertaining, and occasionally enlightening medical anecdotes. Topics include "Eccentric Medical Men," "Early Struggles of Eminent Medical Men," "Celebrated Medical Poets," "Sketches and Illustrations of Medical Quackery," "How to Get a Practice; Or, the Art of Rising in Physic," "Mad-Doctors and Mad-Houses," "Medical Emigration" (to the U.S., Australia, and Brazil), "Army and Navy Surgeons, and East India Company's Medical Service," biographical sketches of well-known contemporary physicians, etc.; while the work is occasionally found extra-illustrated and bound into four volumes, it appears here in two => as issued. The author (1810–74) was a respected psychiatrist considered an authority => on lunacy — and the father of Lyttleton Stewart Forbes Winslow, also a psychiatrist, notorious for his involvement with the Jack the Ripper case.
        Binding: Contemporary half purple mulberry-colored and olive morocco with dark purple marbled paper–covered sides veined in gold, this paper also used as endpapers; spines gilt extra with fine rules dividing compartments, close rows of waves filling two compartments, and fleurs de lis embraced by delicate beading and bracketing in two more. Slim silk placemarkers present.
        Provenance: Front pastedowns each with scallop-shell "pilgrim badge" bookplate of eminent psychiatrist Charles W. Pilgrim (1855–1934). Later in the collection of Robert Sadoff, M.D., forensic psychiatrist and director of Penn's Center for Studies in Social-Legal Psychiatry, sans indicia.

Bindings as above, spines sunned to brown and sage green; a very little rubbed and scuffed and both quite strong. Frontispieces separated, with chips and tears but no lost paper within images and each leaf with one repair from rear; vol. II title-page separated and each title-page with author's name added neatly (ink in vol. I, pencil in vol. II). Occasional spots of foxing. => A beautifully bound, safely enjoyable set with pleasingly apropos provenance.  (41681)   Please RESHELVE This.


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