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Observations sur les plusieurs accouchemens laborieux

Levret, Andre

Published by Le Prieur; Delaguette, Paris, 1762
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Levret, Andre (1703-80). Observations sur les causes et les accidens de plusieurs accouchemens laborieux. . . . xvi, 170 [4]pp. Fold. eng. plate. Paris: P. Alex. le Prieur, 1762. Bound with: Suite des observations sur les causes et les accidens de plusieurs accouchemens laborieux. . . . xxxvi, 428 (misnumbered 248), [4]pp. 2 fold. eng. plates. Paris: Delaguette, 1751. Together 2 works in 1, 8vo. 200 x 128 mm. Mottled sheep c. 1762, gilt spine, rubbed, corners worn, hinges cracked. Lightly browned, occasional minor foxing, but very good. Stamp of noted aesthetic plastic surgeon Manuel Gonzalez Ulloa. Third edition of the Observations; First Edition, second issue of the Suite. See Garrison-Morton 6152. Levret's "chief contribution to obstetrics, of which there were many, was the introduction of the pelvic or maternal curve of the forceps blades" (Thoms, p. 120; also 121-23). Levret's forceps, which also increased the hollowness of the blades so that the instrument could be applied more closely to the fetal head, became the epitome of the French instrument, being called the French long forceps. Levret was the oustanding figure in French midwifery of the 18th century, and his books were the most widely used from the close of Mauriceau's period to the early nineteenth century when Baudelocque achieved fame. "His logical deductions relative to the mechanism of labor, his careful handling of dystocia, and his resourcefulness in meeting emergencies, placed his teaching far in advance of his predecessors. He devoted particular study to low implantations of the placenta, to placenta praevia and the management of these anomalies. Whenever possible, he recommended that the placenta be separated at the edge rather than by boldly plunging through the body. He greatly improved the procedure of podalic version and emphasized the necessity of using but light pressure in pushing the fetus upward against the fundus of the uterus" (Cutter & Viets, p. 90; also 63-64, 89). Levret's complete contribution to the subject of difficult deliveries is represented both in his Observations and in the Suite of 1751. These were eventually combined in the fourth (1770) edition of the Observations. The plate of Levret's forceps reproduced in Speert's Obstetrics and Gynecology: A History and Iconography is taken from the Suite (although he mistakenly attributes it to the third edition of the Observations). O'Dowd & Philipp, History of Obstretrics and Gynecology, pp. 143-44. Blake 270. Wellcome III, p. 509. Bookseller Inventory # 32560

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Title: Observations sur les plusieurs ...

Publisher: Le Prieur; Delaguette, Paris

Publication Date: 1762

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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