A demonstration of the nerves of the human body.
Swan, Joseph, 1791-1874
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman
, iv, 98, lxxxii,  p.; 29 x 23 mm.
A native of Lincoln, Joseph Swan assisted his father, Henry Swan, surgeon at Lincoln County Hospital, before studying medicine under Alexander Monro secundus , Alexander Monro tertius, and Andrew Fyfe at the University of Edinburgh. After graduation he worked in London at Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals, before returning to Lincoln to take a post at the County Hospital. In Lincoln he carried out anatomical investigations on the well-preserved cadavers that Sir Astley Cooper sent him every Christmas in a large hamper labelled 'glass with care'. First published in 1830 in folio, A demonstration of the nerves of the human body was re-issued in quarto in 1834. It is a clear exposition of the course of distribution of the cerebral, spinal, and sympathetic nerves, and contains twenty-five plates, drawn by E. West, engraved by J. Stewart, and William and Edward Finden. In 1895 the original plates were presented to the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Roberts & Tomlinson, p. 508-512; DNB.
Academy of Medicine Collection