MEDICAL CONVENTION GUEST BOOK - ROCKEFELLER INSTITUTE - 1913. New York: 1913.
Original 3/4 red leather, pebbled leather over boards, lined journal, large octavo, 200 sheets. Fabulous collection of medical autographs as entered in the Rockefeller Institute guest book during the years 1913 to 1920. A virtual who's who among American and international medical pioneers and researches of the early 20th Century. The signatures and comments of visiting doctors occupy the first 35 pages. Included among a vast collection of several hundred signatures, many of which have not been catalogued, include Dr. Sahachiro Hata, the Japanese bacteriologist who developed the Arsphemanine drug in 1909 with Paul Ehrlich, which effectively cured syphilis. Hata also helped found the Kitasato Institute in Japan and became its director; Hideyo Noguchi, an American based Japanese bacteriologist who discovered the agent of syphilis in 1911; Hervey Williams Cushing, M.D., American neurosurgeon and pioneer of brain surgery, widely regarded as the greatest neurosurgeon of the 20th century and often cited as the 'father of modern neurosurgery'; William Williams Keen, the first brain surgeon in the United States, diagnosed Franklin D. Roosevelt's polio and worked closely with six American Presidents; Augustus Desire Waller, inventor of the first practical ECG machine; Sir Rickman John Godlee, English surgeon who in 1884 became of the first to remove a tumor of the brain surgically; Friedrich Wilhelm Ostwald, German chemist who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1909 for his work on catalysis, chemical equilibria and reaction velocities. Ostwald is credited as inventing the 'Ostwald process', used in the manufacture of nitric acid and as one of the three founders of physical chemistry; George Ralph Mines, discoverer of the vulnerable period of the ventricle, unmasking one of the major electrical properties of the heart. His treatment of cardiac arrhythmias as well as in the experimental methods he developed, inspired a new era of quantitative thinking in electrophysiology; Jacques Jacob Bronfenbrenner, member of the Social Revolutionary Party and a follower of Leon Trotsky. In the abortive revolution of 1905, he was among the civilian population who supported the mutiny of the Imperial Black Sea Fleet that was immortalized by Sergei Eisenstein in the film Battleship Potemkin. His mentors at the Institut Pasteur made possible his collaboration with Hideyo Noguchi (1876-1928), a Japanese microbiologist working at the Rockefeller Institute in New York. He investigated techniques for serum diagnosis of infectious diseases; Paul Uhlenhuth, German bacteriologist and hygienist who is known for developing in 1900 a test that could distinguish human blood from animal blood; Hermann Kummell, German surgeon among the first to advocate removal of the appendix in cases of appendicitis; Henri Albert Hartmann, French surgeon, known for 'Hartmann's operation', a two stage colectomy he devised for colon cancer; Dr. William Coley, American bone surgeon and cancer researcher, pioneer of cancer immunotherapy; Giuseppe Bastianelli, an Italian physician and zoologist who worked on malaria; Jean Baptiste Perrin, French physicist and Nobel laureate; Lieutenant-General Sir William Boog Leishman, a Scottish pathologist and British Army medical officer. He was Director-General of Army Medical Services from 1923 to 1926; James Sherren, English doctor; J. Robineau, of whom Robineau Syndrome is named; Fernand Baldensperger; B. Francis McGrath, developed arm to arm blood transfer; Theodore Tuffier; Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, Scottish surgeon of which 'Lane's operation' and 'Lane's syndrome' are named after; Hans Kraske; Dr. F. B. Lund, pioneer in treatment of chronic diseases of the brain; George Tully Vaughan, professor surgery at Georgetown University; Arthur Everett Shipley, English zoologist; Robret Gordon Craig, noted Australian surgeon; Duchesse Theodora Shonts; Mrs. John D. Rockefeller; Mrs. Astor; Warren Harmon Lewis, one of the first to work at the Carnegie Institution of Washington Department of Embryology; Alex Primrose, dean of faculty of Medicine at Toronto University; Truman Brophy, dentist, first to operate on cleft palate; Martha Ornstein, historian of science. Many other signatures of noted physicians are found within. Textually Very Good, text block firmly bound, cover detached, spine lacking.