Raped Under Anesthesia by Her Dentist [Trial]. Beale, Stephen T., Defendant. Trial and Conviction of Dr. Stephen T Beale; With the Letters of Chief Justice Lewis, And Judges Black and Woodward, On His Case. Interesting Ether Cases, And the Letters of Prof. Gibson, Prof. Wiltbank, Wm. Badger, Esq., W.L. Hirst, Esq. Rev. Albert Barnes, Dr. Henry Boardman, &c. Philadelphia: T.K. Collins, Jr., 1855. 30 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers removed from a volume, rear wrapper lacking. Faint dampstaining to head and lower corner at foot of spine through first half of text block, light soiling to exterior, minor tear and "9" in early hand to front wrapper, light toning to text. $750. * Only edition. This trial account reflects contemporary anxiety about ether, which was used for the first time in 1846. Narcissa Mudge claimed she was raped by her dentist, Dr. Beale while unconscious from ether during a procedure. Beale was convicted. This account of the trial is written by someone who characterizes the dentist as an innocent victim. He argues that Mudge's accusation was based on false memory, a side-effect induced by ether. His case is supported by the testimony concerning the effects of ether by a group of dentists and other authorities. Bibliography of Early American Law 13774.
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