A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York. Hull, mos, ift.
A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York.
A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York.
A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York.
A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York.
A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York.

A Brief Account of the Application and Uses of the Utero-Abdominal Supporter, A New Instrument for the Relief and Procidentia and Prolapsus Uteri, Invented by the late A. G. Hull, M.D. of New-York.

New York: D. Murphy, 144 Maiden Lane, 1836. 8vo (18.5 x 11.5 cm), no wrappers. 11 pp., folding plate.

An early promotional pamphlet for a hernial truss, featuring a folding-plate of the patented apparatus and directions for use.

A prominent and influential doctor in New York, Amos G. Hull (1775–1835) was a pioneer physician, surgeon and inventor of the “Patent Hinge Truss,” for the treatment of Prolapsus Uteri. Hull first advertised his truss in 1817 while living in Utica, New York and continued to modify and improve his invention over the course of his life. Hull’s truss was commended by fellow medical men of his day as well as other men of social standing. Offering nearly the only such apparatus available in the Utica area, his invention was used by many there.

Published a year after Hull’s death, this pamphlet features a folding-plate of the truss, with nine parts identified. The text begins by offering “directions for application” and proceeds to give a brief account of the apparatus and its scientific origins. Hull’s new and improved instrument is here said to have been “found very useful in cases of costiveness, hemorrhoids, and prolapsus ani, where these maladies were traceable to relaxation of the lower belly.” Apparently in use for just a little over two years, some 700 Utero-Abdominal Supporters were known to “have been applied with gratifying success, without the use of Pessaries.” Six reasons are given for dismissing the use of intervaginal pessaries—such as “they interrupt sexual intercourse” and “they never remove the disease against which they are applied.”

REFERENCES: Bagg, M. M. M.D. (Ed.). Memorial History of Utica, N.Y. From its Settlement to the Present Time, p. 109 via Dr. Amos Gift Hull at findagrave.com

CONDITION: Good, title-page soiled and partially separated at spine, , some foxing, one small puncture to p. 11; folding plate very good.

Item #5237

Price: $375.00

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