AN ESSAY ON THE DISORDERS OF OLD AGE and on the means for prolonging human life
Edition: First Edition
London: Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817. Octavo, 23 cm. pp iv, 103, untrimmed. Title page printed in red and black. Quarter bound in original boards. Backstrip lacking, hinges and joints repaired with rice paper tape. Lacking the front free endpaper; pastedown scarred from removal of label; name clipped from top edge of front free endpaper, with two inch slit to top margin of title leaf neatly repaired; damp stain to upper inner corner of title leaf; yellowing and light foxing in text; in all, a good, clean copy, text unworn >> Garrison-Morton 1604.1. Carlisle "addressed himself directly to old people and advised the young to adopt a sound regimen early in life in order to secure longevity. He described diseases common to the aging and looked upon the age of 60 as the beginning of senility. His comments on surgical problems of the old were incorporated in one of the first specialty books on this subject. He pointed out that 'dangerous operations are rarely adviseable in advanced age' because of the reduction in vitality and the presence of constitutional disorders". "Carlisle was niether a brilliant anatomist nor physiologist, but was a fairly good surgeon. His introduction of the thin-bladed, straight-edged amputating knife, in place of the old clumsy crooked one, and his use of the simple carpenter's saw make his name chiefly worthy of note." - DNB. Wellcome II p. 301.