Allis (1896) Reduction of Dislocations of the Hip – inscribed


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Allis, Oscar H. An Inquiry Into the Difficulties Encountered in the Reduction of Dislocations of the Hip. (Philadelphia. 1896) – The Samuel D. Gross Prize Essay

Octavo. 171 pages, illustrated in text. Hardcover. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards. Stamped in blind on boards and gilt on spine.

Condition: VG, slight curl to front, foxing to last few pages, light spotting to boards. Inscribed “Dr. Marmaduke A Wood – with the complements of the Author”

Oscar Allis was born September 9, 1836, in Holley, New York… He attended Lafayette College and received a Master of Arts degree in 1864. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1866. Following an internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital, he ultimately became one of the original surgeons of the Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia.

Allis developed a particular interest in orthopedic surgery, and was a recognized authority on fractures and dislocations. In 1895 he received the Gross prize of $1000 for his monograph on reduction of hip dislocations. Relaxation of the fascia between the iliac crest and the greater trochanter, a sign of fracture of the neck of the femur, is Allis’ sign.

Among his many valuable contributions to surgery were his dissector, the ether inhaler, and the splint—all were named for him. Today, the Allis forceps continues to be one of the standard instruments in any general surgical kit….

Allis died May 16, 1921, of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 84. –