The Father of American Surgery and more…

The Father of American Surgery and more…



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North America

Categories: Medicine, Other Medical Antiques


Valentine Mott (1785-1865) is considered by many to be the father of American surgery and by any standard  one of the greatest American surgeons of the 19th century. After returning from Europe in the early 1840s, he played a key role in the founding of the University Medical College of New York, the first iteration of what is today New York University Medical School. A ticket for his lectures, during the 1855-6 academic year, signed by him and showing a hand performing surgery, is one of a group of ten we are offering.  A number of other distinguished American physicians  and surgeons, all faculty at the college, are also present here. Brief biographies can be seen by going to the link that follows and clicking on their name. Nine of the tickets are 5″X 3.75″; the Mott ticket is 4.5″ X 3.75″.Eight of the ten are signed on the front by the relevant faculty member; the “Midwifery and Disease of Women and Children” and “Obstetric Clinique” cards are signed on the back by Bedford. The tickets belonged to Leroy F. Lewis, who was a student at the school in the mid-1850s..

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US M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: or 718-623-6777