Here we have another awesome Gynecology book! This one dates to 1908 and is in AWESOME condition with very little yellowing of the pages.
This book is especially rare considering who the author is – one of the founding fathers of gynecology!
Howard Atwood Kelly (February 20, 1858 – January 12, 1943) was an American male gynecologist, one of the “Big Four” founding professors at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is credited with establishing gynecology as a true specialty, by developing new surgical approaches to women only diseases and through pathological research.
In 1889 at the age of 31 he was hired to be the first professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University and gynecological surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The other “Big Four” founders were William Osler, Professor of Medicine, hired from Pennsylvania in 1889 as well; William Stewart Halsted, Professor of Surgery; and William H. Welch, Professor of Pathology. During his 30-year career at Hopkins he created new surgical approaches to women’s diseases and invented numerous medical devices, including the cystoscope. He was one of the first to use radium to treat cancer, founding the Kelly Clinic in Baltimore, one of the country’s leading centers for radiation therapy at that time.
Some of Dr. Kelly’s other notable contributions were using a wax-tipped catheter to detect ureteral calculi and altering the operation for an umbilical hernia.