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    [Science and Medicine]. Archive of 8 Letters, 1879-1950, all but two dated during the nineteenth century. In many of these letters, important scientists and medical doctors such as Faraday, Dalrymple, and Osler, write of situations involving their respective fields.

    William Thomson Autograph Letter Signed. One page of a bifolium, 4.5" x 7", London, June 9, 1879, reading in full: "If convenient to you I shall call at your office tomorrow between 10:30 and 11." Written on stationery reading, "Sherwood, Cambridge Wells." William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin, (1824-1907) was an Irish engineer and physicist and the name-source of the kelvin unit. Smoothed folds.

    William Crookes Autograph Letter Signed. One page of a bifolium, 4" x 6.25", London, March 21, 1882, reading in part: "Many thanks for the drawing of your pump, which has enabled me to thoroughly understand the working of it. I should much like to see the instrument itself but as I have caught a severe cold I would rather defer coming till next week." Sir Crookes (1832-1919) was an English physicist and chemist who furthered the understanding of gases under reduced pressure. Mounting remnants and a resulting small tear on page four (does not affect the text).

    James Paget Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 4.5" x 7", Hanover Square [London], December 19, 1884, to "Mr. Little" reading in full: "I am very glad that you can give so good a report of your case & I thank you for sending it to me. All now will be clear gain to the patient." Sir Paget (1814-1899) was a founder of scientific medical pathology. Very clean letter.

    William W. Gull Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 4" x 6", Grosvenor Square, London, April 22, 1886, to "Mrs. Arnold." In part: "I am very glad you can report well of your husband. So far as I said of his case it seemed to me one of . . . [illegible] inflammation of the bowel: a renewal of a former attack. I do not see[?] any typhoid poison at work though Dr. Hick's thought there might have been such." Sir William Gull (1816-1890) was an important English physician who successfully treated the Prince of Wales' life-threatening attack of typhoid fever in 1871. Smoothed folds.

    William Osler Typed Letter Signed. One page, 7" x 4.25", Oxford, May 26, 1916, to "Pleadwell" reading in part: "Any spare mornings, Lewis and his colleagues at the Mount Vernon Military Hospital, Hampstead, would be delighted to show you any of the heart work which is in progress." Osler (1849-1919), a Canadian, was a founder of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and an early proponent of offering students practical clinical training. Hinged to a larger sheet measuring 9" x 8". Also included is an engraving of Dr. Osler.

    Frederick Soddy Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 3.5" x 4.5", Brighton, England, August 30, 1950, answering a request for an autograph. Soddy (1877-1956), an English radiochemist, furthered the understanding of radioactive elements. Pencil notation in lower right corner.

    Michael Faraday Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.5" x 4.5", n.p., n.d., reading in full: "Will you favour me by letting Mrs. Reynolds (Dr. Reynolds lady) have the second packet." A small engraving of the natural philosopher accompanies the letter. Faraday (1791-1867) is noted for his work in electrochemistry and electromagnetism, which helped make the use of electricity practical. Mounting remnants on the verso; minor stains.

    John Dalrymple Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages of a bifolium, 3.5" x 6", n.p., n.d., reading in part: "I am glad your eye is right. It shows how formidable an appearance a very small cause may produce. You must be thankful the Chemosis was not treated by caustic (as some might tried) or by bleeding cutting & (as some others might have been) I confess I could not for some time think what was the real cause of all that disturbance & threatening aspect of the eye." Dr. Dalrymple (1803-1852) was a noted early English ophthalmologist who wrote The Anatomy of the Human Eye (1834) and Pathology of the Human Eye (1852). Smoothed folds with mounting remnants on page four.

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