Welcome Words to Women. Orin Davis, M. D.
Welcome Words to Women.
Welcome Words to Women.
Welcome Words to Women.
Welcome Words to Women.
Welcome Words to Women.
Welcome Words to Women.
Welcome Words to Women.

Welcome Words to Women.

Attica, New York, [1883]. 12mo pamphlet, (5.75” x 4.75”), printed pink wrappers. 64, [2] pp.

A scarce pamphlet offering practical advice on uterine and vaginal disorders, and promoting Davis’s Vaginal Syringes and Wafer Pour Les Femmes.

Orin Davis M.D. (1823–1911) was a pathbreaking medical reformer who organized the very first class of female medical students in Rochester, New York, which included his wife. In 1854, he established a Health Institute in Attica, NY, which he directed for fifty years. In 1875, Davis was elected president of the Eclectic Medical Society of the State of New York, and also served on the faculty at the New York Eclectic Medical College.

The pamphlet begins with a Practical Catechism and covers a wide range of topics: Prevention of Diseases Incident to Women, Displacements of the Uterus; Fall of the Womb; Leucorrhoea; Explanation of the Admirable Effects of the Wafer; Some Distinctive Effects of the Wafer Upon the Vascular System; Natural Position, Flexions, and Versions of the Uterus; Obliquities of the Uterus; Wrong Ideas of Local Treatment—Use of Pessaries; The Best Way to Wear a Pessary; Local Treatment with the Wafer Pour Les Femmes; and How does the Wafer Cure and Correct These Conditions?; and the Absolute Necessity of Constitutional Treatment in Systemic Derangement. Also included are directions for the use of the advertised Vaginal Syringes, an account of the various ways Davis sent his prescriptions to patients, illustrations and testimonials.

A section entitled “Woman’s Right to Health” reflects the strong pro-women’s rights spirit in upstate New York at this time, which was home to pathbreaking women’s organizations. Davis refers to the current “new era of thought,” in which “woman may rightfully share with man all the benefits derived from the sublime truths of science, philosophy and religion.” The section begins as follows: “Woman has too long been enslaved by the conventional ideas, wrong customs and false notions of imperious society. Suffering is the universal experience of woman, and while society pities, it virtually denies her the right to inquire into the cause, for the purpose of remedying the evil.”

OCLC records only two copies, at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Penn State.

REFERENCES: Welbourn, O. Carlos, ed. The California Eclectic Medical Journal, Vol. 4 (California Eclectic Medical College: 1911), pp. 328-330.

CONDITION: Light wear to covers; contents bright and clean, edges of pp. 10 and 11 trimmed with partial losses to several words.

Item #6030

Price: $350.00

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