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Thomas Spencer Wells - bibliography

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English surgeon, born February 3, 1818, St. Albans, Hertfordshire; died January 31, 1897, Cape Antibes near Cannes, France.


  • Report of cases treated in the Royal Naval Hospital Malta in 1843 and 1844.
    The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1846, 65: 1.
  • Case of hydrophobia following the bite of a cat. Employment of ether vapour and belladonna. The Malta Times, August 24, 1847: 3.
  • On the radical cure of reducible inguinal hermia.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1858.
    The Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science, 1858.
  • Three cases of tetanus in which "woorara" was used.
    Proceedings. Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, 1859, 3: 142-157.
  • Cases of tetanus treated by woorara. Med.-Chir. Proc., 1860.
  • Cancer cures and cancer curers. London, 1860.
  • Bronchotomy. In: William B. Costello (1800-1867: The Cyclopaedia of Practical Surgery, including an etymological and critical terminology. 4 volumes, London, 1844-1861.
  • Diseases of bone. In: The Cyclopaedia of Practical Surgery.
  • Encephalocele. In: The Cyclopaedia of Practical Surgery.
  • Burns. In: Samuel Cooper (1789-1848): Surgical Dictionary, 1861.
  • Harelip. In: Samuel Cooper. Surgical Dictionary, 1861.
  • Diseases of the ovaries, their diagnosis and treatment. 1865, 1872
    New York, 1873; German translation, Leipzig, 1866, 1874. Italian, Milano, 1882.
  • Note book for cases of Ovarian and Other Abdominal Tumours".
    1865. Went through seven editions.
  • Cure of vaginal fistulae. St. Thomas’s Hospital Reports, London, 1870.
  • Relation of puerperal fever to infective diseases and pyaemia.
    Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1875.
  • Lectures on diagnosis and surgical treatment of abdominal tumours.
    Medical Times and Gazette, London, 1878.
    German translation in [Volkmann’s] Sammlung klinischer Vorträge, Leipzig, 1878, No. 148-150.
  • Ovarian and uterine tumours.
    1882. Philadelphia, 1882. Italian translation, Milano, 1883.
  • Note book for cases of abdominal tumours.
    London, 1865; 2nd edition, 1868; 6th edition, 1881; 7th edition, 1887. Italian translation, Milano, 1882.
  • Hunterian oration 1883. Medical Times and Gazette, London, 1883.
  • Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Abdominal Tumours. London, 1885.
    Philadelphia, 1885. German translation, Vienna, 1886. French, Paris, 1886.
  • The Morton Lecture on Cancer and Cancerous Diseases. London, 1889.
    German translation in Sammlung klinischer Vorträge, Leipzig, 1889, 103: 3193-3232.
  • Die Operationen von Gebärmuttergeschwülsten, die Oophorectomie und die Castration der Frauen bei Geistes- und Nervenkrankheiten.
    German translation in Sammlung klinischer Vorträge, Leipzig, Neue Folge 1891, 32: 287-288.
    French translation in: Annales de gynécologie et d'obstétrique, 1891: 36.
    Original in: British Medical Journal, London, 1890, 32: 1465-1468.
  • Modern abdominal Chirurgy.
    Bradshaw Lecture, British Medical Journal, 1890, 2: 1413-1416.
    Wodd’s Med. Surg Monography N. Y., 1891, 11: 285-313.
    German translation in Sammlung klinischer Vorträge, Leipzig, 1891, 31: 185-210.
  • Cremation or Burial?
    In Sir H. Thompson: Cremation. 3rd edition, London, 1884: 39-49.
    Sir Henry Thompson (1820-1904), Surgeon to Queen Victoria, was the first to recommend the practice of cremation on health grounds. In 1874 he founded The Cremation Society of England.
  • List of Sir Thomas Spencer Wells published Writings arranged chronologically.
    Transactions of the Obstetrical Society of London, 1899, 40: 91-101.
  • B. Brahma, M. Singh:
    What lies behind a name? (Sir Thomas Spencer Wells 1818-1897).
    NATNews, July 1981, 18 (7):15.
  • F. M. Forster:
    A case of ovariotomy instruments sent by Thomas Spencer Wells to Richard Thomas Tracy.
    The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Commonwealth, October 1965, 75 (5): 810-815.
  • J. A. Shepherd:
    Spencer Wells - Surgeon RN.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1970, 63: 306-308.
  • C. Savona-Ventura:
    The naval career of Sir Thomas Spencer Wells in the Mediterranean: 1842-1853.
    Maltese Medical Journal, 1999, 10(2):41-46.

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