L'intoxication chronique par la Morphine et ses diverses formes.
Paris: Progrès Médical, Lecrosnier et Babé, 1890 8vo, 171pp. Half dark brown calf, marbled boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, owner's printed label on upper cover. First edition of this quite rare doctoral thesis, being detailed documentations of 57 cases observed in person or drawn from literature. This copy is of great interest as by 1891 it was in the library of an American physician, Dr. Louis Schneider of Williamsport PA, who signed an dated it 1891 and annotated the text throughout in English, French, and German. He used both black and red ink on almost every page, underlining and commenting with evident interest and knowledge. "By the turn of the century, the proliferation of drug culture and morphine abuse had reached seemingly epidemic proportions, leading one novelist to declare, In Paris alone, there are more than three hundred thousand scum who shoot up morphine, drink ether, swallow hashish, smoke opium. Viewed as both source and symptom of a society in decline, the topic of morphine abuse permeated nearly all aspects of French cultural production in the final decades of the nineteenth century... the prints of Besnard and Grasset provide a unique and indispensable opportunity to study anxieties surrounding pleasure and societal decay in fin-de-siècle France." (hekint.org). Dr. Schneider is recorded in newspapers of the day as a member of the Lycoming County Medical Society and delivered a paper in 1895 on the treatment of tetanus translated from French. There is a short note about him in "The History of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania" (1892), pp. 797-98, available on Archive.org. An obituary in the New York Medical Journal of 1901 says he died in the year 1900. <