Lot 32: Scarce letter by Dr. George Crile, 1st to Perform a Successful Blood Transfusion
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
October 26, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Scarce letter by Dr. George Crile, First to Perform a Successful Blood Transfusion********** CRILE, GEORGE. (1864-1943). American surgeon who co-founded the Cleveland Clinic, performed the first successful blood transfusion and made pioneering advances in anesthesia. TLS. (“George Crile”). 1p. 4to. Cleveland, November 25, 1940. On his personal stationery to notable Civil War scholar and autograph collector ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-1993). ********** “It was good for you to remember my birthday, and I appreciate your taking the time to send good wishes. The longer I live, the more it means to know that old friends don’t forget…”********** Crile received his medical training in Ohio, Vienna, London, and Paris before returning to the U.S. to teach clinical medicine at Case Western Reserve. He helped establish an affiliated hospital and, later, the esteemed Cleveland Clinic. Crile’s study of blood pressure and shock during surgery led to his pioneering advancements in anesthesia. In 1906, he became the first surgeon to successfully employ direct blood transfusion. He literally wrote the book on the subject, Hemorrhage and Transfusion, three years later. For his profound contributions to medicine, an American warship and a crater on the moon were named in his honor. ********** Gates, a well-respected amateur historian of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln, devoted 50 years to researching those subjects, reviewing books for the Lincoln Herald and contributing to such works as the anthology Lincoln for the Ages. He was an avid letter writer and “friend and unofficial agent of many a noted author,” (“Autographica Curiosa: How Not to Impress Emily Post,” Autograph Magazine, Butts). ********** Broadly signed, neatly folded and near fine.