Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1849. 1st US Edition (Cordasco 40-1208). 395, [1 (blank)], 4 pp. Adverts last 4 pages. 3 blank leaves excised from rear. 12mo Original publisher's brown cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering to spine. General wear & signs of use; small paper label affixed to base of spine. Tide-line to upper margin of text-block (gradually fading through 1st 10 - 100 pp). Period pencil pos. Withal, a VG copy. Item #50770
Smith "was an English obstetrician, medical writer and journalist ... Smith began his career as a teacher in the private school of George Dermott in Bedford Square, .... When St. Mary's Hospital was founded, he was appointed obstetric physician and lecturer on obstetrics. He continued his teaching there for the allotted term of twenty years, and on retirement was elected consulting physician accoucheur. He held the post of examiner in obstetrics at the University of London for five years. ... [he] contributed to the Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, Obstetrical Transactions, and Pathological Transactions. also papers On Quacks and Quackery, and a series of biographical sketches of London physicians and surgeons. Marshall Hall, a close friend, suggested that he study applications of the reflex function in obstetrics, and Smith wrote on the topic in The Lancet. The articles led Parturition, and the Principles and Practice of Obstetrics [here offered], dedicated to Hall. Other lectures published in The Lancet formed the basis of his Manual of Obstetrics, 1858. In his time, these books by Smith, especially the Manual, became standard texts, alongside the works of Thomas Denman the elder, despite his relative lack of practical experience." [Wiki].