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Spinal Disease and Spinal Curvature. Their Treatment by Suspension and the Use of Plaster of Paris Bandage.


Published by London: Smith Elder, 1877., 1877
Condition: Good Hardcover
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xi, 121 pp; 70 figs; 21 mounted woodburytype photographs; ads. Original cloth. Top of spine frayed. Rubbed along rear joint. Split partway along one fold in one folding plate. First Edition. Garrison-Morton 4344.1. "Sayre's greatest original contribution to orthopaedic surgery was in the treatment of tuberculosis of the spine (Pott's disease) with a plaster of Paris jacket. . . . It is interesting that his book, Spinal Disease and Spinal Curvature, was written and first published while he was visiting in England in 1877. . . . In 1877 Sayre was a delegate from the American Medical Association to the British Medical Congress, held in Manchester, England. His fame in the treatment of spinal disease had preceded him, and he was asked to lecture and give demonstrations of his methods of treating tuberculosis of the spine and scoliosis in the leading surgical centers in Great Britain and Ireland. . ." (Shands, Early Orthopaedic Surgeons of America, pp. 35, 38-40; fig. 3-9 illustrates the title page). "The patient was literally suspended by an overhead traction apparatus attached to a specially constructed chin and occiput halter. Only his toes touched the ground, and this was permitted just enough to avoid serious discomfort. While under this severe traction, a snugly fitted plaster of Paris jacket was applied. Later lateral traction bands were added to the suspended body according to the nature of the deformity, and the plaster applied around them. These bands were removed before the finishing layer was applied" (Bick, Source Book of Orthopaedics, pp. 434-35). See Garrison-Morton 4344 for Sayre's use of plaster-of-Paris "as a support for the spinal column in scoliosis and Pott's disease" (1877). Peltier, Orthopedics, a History and Iconography, pp. 130-36 and 207-211. Keith, Menders of the Maimed, pp. 178-81. Rutkow OR34 and Figs. 92-94. "This book contains some of the most artistic of the early medical photographs. Several of them have been reproduced in books as examples of the photographic art form" (Burns, American Medical Publications with Photographs, p. 1234, and figs. 4 and 5, reproducing 7 of the photographs). Truthful Lens 144 (and fig. 83): "The photographs serve a truly functional purpose which many other photographically illustrated books do not.". Bookseller Inventory # 13493

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Title: Spinal Disease and Spinal Curvature. Their ...

Publisher: London: Smith Elder, 1877.

Publication Date: 1877

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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