1847 1st ed Medicine Treatment of Ulcers Fumigation Physiology George Walker
George Alfred Walker was a 19th-century surgeon and graveyard caretaker. He is most remembered for his treatise on the treatment of skin ulcers by means of fumigation. This rare treatise includes commentary on successes and failures of this physiological breakthrough.
According to ‘The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal’ Walker’s treatment plan was very simple but effective.“It consists in applying to the surface of the sore, by means of a suitable apparatus, the vapour or fumes of Sulphur and iodine combined…The circumstances are regulated by the peculiar indications of each individual case, and cannot be embraced in any general description. The relative proportions of the remedy must be varied, according to the expediency of giving preponderance to the action either of the iodine or the Sulphur. As a general rule, fifteen minutes may be stated as the average time, but many sores and many patients will not bear this moderate application.”
The ‘Journal’ continues with reviews of the number of treatments Walker recommends.
“The number of fumigations necessary for the ure of any given case of ulcer, cannon be determined beforehand. In some cases fumigation every second day; in other cases the fumigation must be repeated every day, and in some cases twice daily. To us [Walker’s treatment] appears to be extremely well calculated to attain the object in view, and to form a very efficient remedy in cases of old indolent or otherwise obstinate ulcers, over which ordinary remedies have little or no influence.”
This book is a culmination of treatment experiments that proved effective over older ulcer treatments that would become obsolete, thanks to George Walker.
Item number: #1529
WALKER, George Alfred
A treatise on the cure of ulcers by fumigation; in which a rational treatment is deduced from the physiology of ulceration… With an analysis of the modes of cure hitherto employed
London : Longman, Brown, Green,…M.DCCC.XLVII. . First edition.
•Collation complete with all pages: [viii], 112, [ii], , oIllustrated with 6 color engraved plates
•References: the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, vol 72, p.217-218;
•Binding: Hardcover; tight & secure
•Size: ~9in X 6in (23cm x 15cm)
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