A Biographical History of Guys Hospital

A Biographical History of Guys Hospital

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ... amongst the most original being one on the treatment of disease by electricity, for Bird was the founder of the electrical department of Guy's Hospital. He was mainly instrumental in rescuing the subject from the domain of quackery, and placing it on a scientific basis. He invented a new galvanic cell and coil, and discussed with much acuteness and originality the power of the battery in healing an ulcer, a subject further elaborated by his son, the present surgeon to Guy's. As much discussion has of late taken place with respect to the invention of the flexible stethoscope, it may be mentioned that Bird gives an account of the instrument in the Medical Gazette for December 5th, _ 1840. We well remember the instrument. It was about eighteen inches long, with a cup-shaped piece at one end to apply to the chest, whilst the other was inserted in the ear. Bird would sit in his chair seeing outpatients, and placing the funnel end over the chest, he would hold it there wh.ilst he passed the other end to the students standing round, and by this means all heard the same sound. It was a most convenient instrument for Bird himself, as it prevented him from stooping or making much movement of his stiffened limbs. A question arose as to his priority in the invention of this instrument, and Dr. Burne, of the Westminster Hospital, maintained that he had used a similar one for years. It is probable that such an instrument might have been made, although this was unknown to Golding Bird, for we find inthe Lancet for August 1829--more than sixty years agoan account of a flexible stethoscope by Dr. Comins, of Edinburgh, and also a suggestion for a double one, but he does not say that he had actually used the latter. Golding Bird, after giving up the...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236556895
  • 9781236556899