PETERSON, Frederick (1859-1938) & Walter S. HAINES (eds.).
Title A text-book of legal medicine and toxicology.
Publisher Philadelphia & London: W. B. Saunders & Co., 1903-4. 1903
Seller ID M11508
Two volumes. 8vo. 730, 15 (ads.); 825, 16 (ads.) pp. 23 plates (some color), 197 text figs., index. Original olive cloth, gilt-stamped spine titles; neatly rebacked preserving original spines, new endpapers. Ink signature of Roger G. Perkins, 1904, Cleveland on ffep. Fine. RARE. FIRST EDITION. This two-volume set is a fascinating guide for the physician and coroner of the early 20th century, specifically telling the investigator what to look for in cases of unknown cause of death, and to substantiate suspected causes. The legal aspects of certain types of deaths are also discussed. Both volumes contain graphic color plates of various injuries sustained, including suicide by hanging, drowning, various stabbing wounds, poisoning, etc. Regarding foul play using chemicals, ?Nitric acid is particularly efficient in its destructive action on animal tissues, attacking, disintegrating, and liquefying practically every portion of a body, the skeleton included.? The British serial ?acid-bath murderer? John Haigh used this gruesome method to dispose of his victims in the 1940s. Provenance: Roger Griswold Perkins (1874-1936) was working at the Pathological Laboratory, Western Reserve University when Cleveland had an outbreak of smallpox. He wrote a paper in 1901 on two cases of angiosarcoma of the brain, which was published in the Cleveland Journal of Medicine. [Rose, William Ganson, Cleveland, the making of a city, 1990]. Cordasco 00-3466. First Edition.