A NEW CURETTE AND EVACUATOR. [Chicago, n.d. but ca. 1900].
1900. 8vo, pp. 16; with one engraved illustration; with tri-folding small advertisement pamphlet from Victor V. May & Co, mounted on rear inside cover; some minor soiling and creasing; A scarce pamphlet issued by the Chicago Dr. Emil D Saint-Cyr (or St-Cyr), ‘Late Surgeon at the Railway Hospital and Physician Central Free Dispensary. Member of the Chicago Medical Society’.
The pamphlet describes his recent invention of a ‘curette and evacuator’, which can be used in a variety of obstetrical and gynaecological procedures, replacing the placental forceps, and ending the need for ‘the barbarous, undignified and painful methods of manual, or I might say, brachial, dilation and extraction’ (p. 1). He goes on to list a number of puerperal conditions, previously treated by hand, for which this instrument could be used instead, including abortion, miscarriage, premature delivery and delivery at term with retentions, rupture of cord, extra large placenta, puerperal septicaemia, and post partial haemorrhage.
Of additional interest is the small tri-folding advertising pamphlet adhered to the rear inside cover on behalf of Victor V. May & Co., ‘the sole manufacturers of the St-Cyr Curette and Evacuator’. OCLC locates two copies only at Harvard and Toronto.
Condition: stapled as issued in the original gloss wrappers, with half tone illustration on upper cover; some minor foxing and creasing, otherwise good.