Cincinnati, (OH): Various publishers, 1844-1849. First editions. (1) “An Address on the Bonds of Professional Union, Delivered before the Medical Association of Adams, Brown, and Clermont Counties, O., at Batavia, October 30, 1847.” Cincinnati: Atlas Job Room Print, 1847. 27 pp. OCLC locates three copies (National Library of Medicine, Cincinnati History Library, Countway); (2) “Valedictory Address on the Sources and Benefits of Professional Earnestness, Delivered March 3, 1849, to the Graduates of the Medical College of Ohio.” Cincinnati: Printed at the office of the "Western Lancet," 1849. 15 pp.; (3) On the Formation of Professional Character: An Introductory Lecture, Delivered Nov. 4th, 1844.” Cincinnati: Printed by R.P. Donogh, 1844. 15 pp. American Imprints 44-2945; (4) “An Introductory Address, Delivered to the Students of the Medical College of Ohio, November 3, 1847.” Cincinnati: Collins & Van Wagner, Printers, 1847. 16 pp. OCLC locates five copies (Rochester Medical, Clendening Medical, National Library of Medicine, Cincinnati History Library, Cincinnati Public); (5) “An Introductory Lecture on the Reciprocal Obligations of the Medical Profession and Society, Delivered November 2, 1846.” Cincinnati: Printed by Looker & Co., 1846. 28 pp. American Imprints 46-3181. OCLC locates 8 copies; (6) “Clinical Lecture on Cholera” [caption title]. [Cincinnati], (1849). 8 pp. OCLC locates two copies (Chicago, Cincinnati History Library); (7) Manuscript copy of the address delivered by Dr. John C. Warren at an October 23, 1849, meeting of the Boston area members of the American Medical Association, occasioned by the death of Dr. Harrison. 4to. 5 pp., approximately 750 words. Harrison fell victim to the cholera epidemic that was discussed in the final pamphlet in this volume. Some foxing, but a lovely presentation of a career's work from a son to his mother. Presentation binding of contemporary black morocco, gilt, boards framed with quadruple thin gilt rules, floral ornaments at each corner, spine with gilt rules on raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. (#5997). Item #58811
Harrison (1796-1849), a native of Louisville, Kentucky, studied medicine there and at the University of Pennsylvania, returning home to begin his practice at the newly founded Louisville Hospital in 1820. He was appointed to his position at the Medical College of Ohio in 1841, edited the medical periodical "Western Lancet," and served as vice-president of the American Medical Association. For a longer biographical sketch, see Kelly and Burrage "American Medical biographies" (1920, pp. 497-498). Dr. Warren's address reads in part: "This gentleman was one of the ablest practitioners in the United States. In the West he was considered as without a superior ... while warm & decided in discussion he was not dogmatical and gave an agreeable influence to all he said by the openness and amenity of the manner in which he said it ... the respect [for him] of the profession and community is derived from the noble manner in which he contended against the fatal epidemic [of cholera] ... he continued to expose himself to the disease till he was destroyed by it." Also laid in is a 1961 letter of presentation from one Harrison descendant to another.