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SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF MANUAL OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICA. 9 inches tall hardcover, full leather covered boards, spine with red leather label gilt, 115 pages. Wear to covers, spine ends worn, front joint weak, hand stamp of Surplus Library of Congress Duplicate to front free endpaper, also 2 stamps to title page, text very good. Fascinating descriptions of the state of medical jurisprudence and medical ethics in America at the end of the 19th century. Topics include standard of care, competence, patient referral, liability, negligence, licenses, certification, compensation, and place of business. There are numerous case histories. RICHARD J. WILLIAMS (born 1830) was a graduate of the Law Department of the University of Pennsylvania (1854), and practised law in Philadelphia for nearly 50 years.