1903 ESSENTIALS OF OSTEOPATHY, Isabel Davenport, Early Female M.D. & O.D. - FIRST EDITION
ESSENTIALS OF OSTEOPATHY - NERVE CENTERS AND LANDMARKS, by ISABEL M. DAVENPORT, M.D., D.O. "Former Resident Physician and Gynecologist to the Illinois Eastern Hospital for Insane at Kankakee; Former House Physician to the Ravenswood Osteopathic Sanitarium; President Columbia College of Osteopathy."
Self-Published, Chicago, 1903. Printed by the Regan Printing House. First edition, with the date 1903 on the title page and the date July 1st, 1903 at the end of the Preface.
Hardcovers, blue cloth covered boards, gilt lettering on the front cover, 6x9 inches, marbled endpapers, 102 pp. plus 2 pages of osteopathy related ads at the rear.
GOOD condition, the covers have some light wear to the corner tips and spine ends, a couple half-dime size stains to the front edge of the front cover, and some sunning to the margins, but remain solid, with bright gilt titles; internally, there is light toning throughout, otherwise the pages are tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A nice, solid copy.
RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION. This important work by an early female Chicago M.D. and D.O. was reprinted many times, but the first edition has become almost impossible to find.
About ISABEL M. DAVENPORT, M.D., D.O. (from her 1939 NY Times Obituary):
******NY Times September 18, 1939 // DR. ISABEL M. DAVENPORT / ONE OF THE FIRST WOMEN MEDICAL GRADUATES OF NORTHWESTERN - Isabel Montgomery Davenport, for many years a physician in Chicago, died today. Dr. Davenport was one of the first women to graduate from Northwestern University Medical School. She served on the staff of the Kankakee State Hospital and for many years was with the Chicago Board of Health.******
She is listed in the 1922 PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CHICAGO Directory published by The Biographical Publishing Corporation, Chicago, Illinois, with the following brief bio:
******Born September 18, 1860, in Bloomington, Illinois. Graduate of Northwestern University Woman's Medical College, 1891. Practice; nervous, mental and children's diseases. Gynecologist and staff physician, Hospitals for Insane, Kankakee, 1893-98, Peoria and Jacksonville, 1917. Professor of surgery, Northwestern University Woman's Medical School, 1892-93. School physician, Chicago, 1916-22. Member of American Medical Association and Medical Women's Club. Author of "Five Cases of Hysterectomy in the Insane." "A Report of Fleischig's Opium Treatment in Epilepsy." "Garden Work for Women in Public Institutions." Originator of garden work for women in public institutions in America. Residence, 1248 Wilson Avenue, Chicago.******