Worthington, Ohio: Printed for the Proprietors, by Scott & Gallagher, 1836-1838. First edition. 8vo, contemporary calf, black leather labels, gilt lettering, [i]-iv, -384; [i]-iv, -192 pages. Joints and edges somewhat rubbed; some foxing throughout; a very good copy. Item #18686
An important eclectic medical journal from the early Ohio medical school at Worthington (this volume in a contemporary binding and bound without issue number 1 in volume 1), with much in the way of polemic and controversy against the Thomsonians and allopaths of the region, these first three volumes being all that were published prior to the closing of both the Worthington infirmary and the Western Medical Reformer due to lack of ready cash. (The final number here closes with a plea for payment from subscribers.) The school relocated to Cincinnati in 1841 after its financial difficulties were compounded by a mob attack on the school by citizens of Delaware, O. seeking vengeance after rumors of body-snatching, and the journal was eventually revived. See Jonathan Forman. “The Worthington School and Thomsonianism.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 21, no. 5 (1947): 772-87. Early ink ownership signature of B. Blyth on the front free endpaper; 20th century private ownership stamp to the rear paste-down.