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SOLD -- Vintage Physician's Handbook, 1944 RARE medical science text for doctors & students with detailed illustrations, tables, definitions

SOLD -- Vintage Physician's Handbook, 1944 RARE medical science text for doctors & students with detailed illustrations, tables, definitions

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

I'm no doctor but if I was, I would want this handbook. The history of medicine is so full and complex it could never be written into a story in itself -- there have been so many nonfiction books that have attempted to do so, and after reading them all you would still not know the full story of how medicine went from tinkering with herbs and sawing legs off to the deathly plagues and the drugs created to combat them, to even now the fight that still exists to cure the dreaded diseases like cancer, diabetes, or Alzheimer's.

So many people have been involved, so much time and effort and so much trial and error, so much suffering and death and yet breakthroughs, moments that seem like miracles when a person can run a marathon -- and win! -- with an amputated leg, when a colorblind person can suddenly see what a purple flower truly looks like, etc. There are so many examples.

But, and this is a big but: it takes study and practice for people to get to the point they can meet these goals and see these moments and move us forward to better health. People go to school for years and years to be able to earn that degree to allow them your trust so they can cut you open and perform surgery on your heart so you may live longer, so they can save your life by resetting a broken limb and give you the pain medications to get through it. So they can help babies come into the world and mothers stay in the world to raise them.

My point is doctors and nurses are amazing. Amazing people, amazing in their perseverance and dedication to helping others and learning their field, and it all starts with schooling.

This book is a historic item that helped someone become a doctor, and so it is a physical symbol of all that work and all the good that comes from it.

There are many different sections discussing many different things about the body that physicians need to know and needed to know in the past when the medical world was so, so much behind what it is today. Examples include "Laboratory Diagnosis," "Clinical Procedures and Facts," Examination of Comatose Patients," and many other tests and tables and illustrations that give you a true sense of what it was like to study to be a doctor in those times.

I look at it and it is fascinating and so cool to own and handle--carefully, since it is so old and special. I think any doctor or nurse, in training or in practice, would feel even more than I do that this book is worth something.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: Physicians Handbook
-Authors: John Warkentin PhD and MD Jack D. Lange MS MD
-Format: Hardcover, updated edition (1941, 1942, 1944)
-Condition: Old book wear but in good condition, binding intact, light script signature on inside first page. No stains/marks/writing - nearly mint.
-Publisher: University Medical Publishers
-Copyright: University Medical Publishers, 1941--1944
-Date published: 1944
-Provenance: Found this in a Friend's Library book sale giveaway bin.
-Pricing: This book is the only one of its kind. It is not available anywhere, in any of its editions. It truly is alone, increasing its rarity and value considerably.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

I'm no doctor but if I was, I would want this handbook. The history of medicine is so full and complex it could never be written into a story in itself -- there have been so many nonfiction books that have attempted to do so, and after reading them all you would still not know the full story of how medicine went from tinkering with herbs and sawing legs off to the deathly plagues and the drugs created to combat them, to even now the fight that still exists to cure the dreaded diseases like cancer, diabetes, or Alzheimer's.

So many people have been involved, so much time and effort and so much trial and error, so much suffering and death and yet breakthroughs, moments that seem like miracles when a person can run a marathon -- and win! -- with an amputated leg, when a colorblind person can suddenly see what a purple flower truly looks like, etc. There are so many examples.

But, and this is a big but: it takes study and practice for people to get to the point they can meet these goals and see these moments and move us forward to better health. People go to school for years and years to be able to earn that degree to allow them your trust so they can cut you open and perform surgery on your heart so you may live longer, so they can save your life by resetting a broken limb and give you the pain medications to get through it. So they can help babies come into the world and mothers stay in the world to raise them.

My point is doctors and nurses are amazing. Amazing people, amazing in their perseverance and dedication to helping others and learning their field, and it all starts with schooling.

This book is a historic item that helped someone become a doctor, and so it is a physical symbol of all that work and all the good that comes from it.

There are many different sections discussing many different things about the body that physicians need to know and needed to know in the past when the medical world was so, so much behind what it is today. Examples include "Laboratory Diagnosis," "Clinical Procedures and Facts," Examination of Comatose Patients," and many other tests and tables and illustrations that give you a true sense of what it was like to study to be a doctor in those times.

I look at it and it is fascinating and so cool to own and handle--carefully, since it is so old and special. I think any doctor or nurse, in training or in practice, would feel even more than I do that this book is worth something.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: Physicians Handbook
-Authors: John Warkentin PhD and MD Jack D. Lange MS MD
-Format: Hardcover, updated edition (1941, 1942, 1944)
-Condition: Old book wear but in good condition, binding intact, light script signature on inside first page. No stains/marks/writing - nearly mint.
-Publisher: University Medical Publishers
-Copyright: University Medical Publishers, 1941--1944
-Date published: 1944
-Provenance: Found this in a Friend's Library book sale giveaway bin.
-Pricing: This book is the only one of its kind. It is not available anywhere, in any of its editions. It truly is alone, increasing its rarity and value considerably.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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