Abhandlung über die Kenntnis und Heilung des Trismus oder des Kinnbakkenzwanges (1778)
Johann Christian Gottlieb Ackermann (1756-1801)
(A medical study on trismus or lock-jaw) M.J. Bauerischen. Buchandlung.
Originally published in 1775, his 207 page, 18 chapter work on lockjaw or trismus was republished in August 1778 in Nurnberg, the edition we possess.
For pain related to lockjaw, Ackerman suggests (p. 197) tincture of valeriana root in white wine, mixed with some opium, mixed with sugar and dissolved in menthol containing water.
Born on 17 February 1756, same year as Mozart, Ackerman, a German doctor was from the Upper Saxony, close to the Czech border of today. He was born into a German family of theologian. He started his medical studies at age 15 at University of Jena, about 40 miles North-west from his birthplace and subsequently in Gottingen. At age 19 in 1775 he transfers to University of Halle where he becomes a private lecturer. After two years he returns home to practice medicine. In 1780 he is elected a member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina. In 1786 is appointed professor of chemistry at Altdorf close to Nurnberg, and eight years later in 1794 he is named professor of pathology and therapy at the same institution. During his stay in Altdorf, Ackermann published two important works, one in the field of History of Medicine (Institutiones historiae medicinae, 1792). and on in general medical therapy, Institutiones Therapiae Generalis (1794). He died on 9 March 1801, of tuberculosis. His substantial and unique collection of books were auctioned off on September 7, 1801 in Altdorf.
Cover notes by Andrew I Spielman.