Philadelphia: Henry C. Lea, 1867. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 576pp. Original 3/4 leather over marbled paper covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Printer's device on title-page. Scarce and fascinating medical work being volume 53 of the '"American Journal of the Medical Science" covering the latest medical discoveries in the late 1860s. This work is profusely illustrated with numerous b/w in-text illustrations. Some age-wear on binding with 3/4 of spine missing and front board partly detached. Heavy rubbing along edges of binding. Endpapers foxed and damp-stained. Some damp-staining and foxing on very last pages. Binding in overall poor, interior in good to very good condition. fair. Item #25453
About the editor: Isaac Hays was a distinguished pioneer in the early days of American ophthalmology. His contributions may have been mightier by the pen than by the scalpel, but his niche in the history of ophthalmology is secure. In addition to actively practicing ophthalmology and fostering its growth into a recognized medical specialty, Hays also had the time and talent to edit one of the premier medical journals of his day, to become one of the founders of the American Medical Association (AMA), to author the first code of ethics of the AMA, and to edit or write works as diverse as Treatise on Diseases of the Eye, American Ornithology, and Descriptions of the Inferior Maxillary Bones of Mastodons. The major contribution of Hays, however, during his years in practice and during his attendance at the Pennsylvania Infirmary and at Wills Hospital was his prodigious output as an author and editor. (Wills Hospital, now known as Wills Eye Hospital, is affiliated with Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. It still ranks as one of the best in the United States.) The year he graduated from medical school he joined the staff of the Philadelphia Journal of Medical and Physical Sciences, edited by his esteemed mentor, Nathaniel Chapman. By 1827 he was appointed coeditor of the journal, which was renamed The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. To these journals Hays brought an active and intense ophthalmologic perspective, both writing and editing articles of ophthalmologic importance. By 1841 he had become sole editor of the journal, which during his tenure was also known as "Hays' Journal." For 52 years he was associated with the journal as coeditor or editor. William Osler, MD, doyen of American medicine, called it "one of the few great journals of the world." When Hays relinquished the editorship, the helm passed to his son, I. Minis Hays, MD.