Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1890. Hardcover. A detailed account of the construction of Johns Hopkins Hospital illustrated with 56 plates. The plates include photographic illustrations of interiors and exteriors (including pipes and boiler rooms), floor plans of each building, and sectional views. The text reprints the addresses given at the opening of the hospital and includes a discussion of the grounds, building arrangement, and plan preparation, as well as a statement about each building and its systems: heating, water, sewage, lighting, telephones, clocks, administration building, kitchen building, nurses' home, amphitheater, bath house, isolating ward, octagon ward, dispensary, etc. Bound in three quarter black leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine. While a beautiful production, this book is unfortunately dampstained along the edge of the text-block, which affects about a quarter of each page. Some pages have visible dampstaining and some are just rippled. Luckily, the margins are quite wide and the staining remains in the margins of most pages. The edges of the boards are dampstained as well and the marbled paper is chipped along the edges. The leather covering the spine is heavily worn and chipped. The front hinge is cracked and the front cover is nearly detached. The covers are rubbed and worn. Full marbled edges and marbled endpapers. A scarce title, this is still a good reading / reference copy despite the noted damage. Size: Folio. 116 pages of text plus 56 plates. MED/111419. Good.
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Moscow: State Medical Editorship, 1933. Paperback. 8vo. White paper wrappers with brown title to front wrapper and to spine. Chipping and soiling to spine. Minor soiling and creasing to wraps. Small closed tear to bottom of front wrapper. Interior is clean and bright with photographic illustrations throughout. 117 pages. Russian History. RUS/011420. Very Good.
Maureen Cummins, 2016. Hardcover. One of 40 copies. Signed the artist. In this powerful work, noted book artist Maureen Cummins investigates the dark side of the history of psychosurgery, as exemplified by the career of Doctor Walter Freeman (1895-1972), a professor of neurology who became known as the father of lobotomy by single-handedly popularizing the pre-frontal lobotomy in America. Although he had no formal training in either surgery or psychology, Freeman modified the traditional procedure for lobotomies by driving ice picks through his patients’ eye sockets rather than drilling into the skull to sever nerve connections in the prefrontal cortex to treat mental illness. Despite his championing of his procedure he admitted that lobotomies often created childlike behavior or a vegetative state in patients. Hundreds of patients died. The controversial procedure also raised numerous questions about patients’ rights, the abuse of institutional power, and the disproportionate targeting of women. Of the more than 3000 patients that Freeman operated on, two-thirds were women. Cummins uses physical rape as an analogy for neurological penetration, a form of sexualized violence that was perpetuated for decades in the name of medical progress. She visualizes this by a series of laser cut holes that bore through each page, becoming smaller page by page.The holes penetrate reproduced images of lobotomy patients’ heads and on the last page the title “The Rapist” becomes “Therapist?” The images of women are from 'before-and-after” photos used in Freeman’s textbook, which are re-contextualized, with lines of typography serving as blindfolds, reclaiming for these women a measure of dignity, humanity, and anonymity. The pages of the book are laser-cut aluminum with silkscreen-printed text and imagery. The covers are also laser-cut aluminum with a large hole that reveals the subsequent holes and "The" and "rapist" on either side of the cover's hole. The pages are attached to the cover by two ring binders. Housed in an aluminum box with a metal title label affixed to the top. In fine condition. 16 pages. 24” x 9” x 1” open 12” x 9” x 1 closed. ARTISTSB/100419. Fine.
Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Medicine in association with The Johns Hopkins University Press, (2012). Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 4to. Fine in dark blue cloth covered boards with silver title to front and spine panels. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations throughout. Author's inscription to title page. Blue illustrated dust jacket with white title to front and spine panels. Index, 405 pages. BALT/112019. Fine / Fine.