Philadelphia: Starkey & Palen, .
Softcover. Good. 99 pp +  (index), 5.75 x 3.75 inches, with portraits of the authors and 11 full-page plates. Soiling, wrappers chipped; good. Accompanied by a 4" x 6" trade card advertising Compound Oxygen. George R. Starkey was an 1855 graduate of the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia. His partner, Gilbert E. Palen, graduated from Albany Medical College the same year. Here, the doctors offer a history fourteen years of providing their compound oxygen treatment (inhalation of combination of oxygen and nitrogen), during which time they claim to have treated 30,000 patients, of whom 90% have greatly benefited of been fully cured--in some cases of diseases thought to be incurable. They describe (and illustrate) their finely appointed treatment rooms, boast of the high character of the people who come to them for help, defend the scientific basis of their methods, and remind the reader that their products are not available at drug stores, but home treatment machinery is available by mail order. Numerous and often lengthy testimonials follow. One copy located in OCLC (Yale). See Atwater 3324, for the doctors' earlier book, The Compound Oxygen Treatment, Its Mode of Action and Results, first published in 1870. .