A System of Surgery. In Four Volumes

Bell, Benjamin

Published by Isaiah Thomas, 1791
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All Four Volumes of the first American edition with all 99 numbered copperplate engravings. Title page states there are one hundred copperplates, but contents list 99 which are all present. Copperplate image transferred to opposite page for many of the impressions, but plates are in excellent condition. Very slight darkening of some pages. Tight copies bound in blue library cloth binding, but with almost no internal library markings. Vol. 2 title page has right edge partially removed slightly affecting text. Vol. 3 has no title page, and has a few pages with a tiny scored mark through the text. V. 4 has small edge piece off right side of title page, not impacting text; V. 4 is mismarked V. III on title page but is the 4th volume. Extra shipping costs on international shipments. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 010859

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Title: A System of Surgery. In Four Volumes
Publisher: Isaiah Thomas
Publication Date: 1791
Binding: Library Binding
Book Condition: Good Plus
Edition: First American Edition, Corrected.
Book Type: Ex-Library

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Bryant, Joseph D.; Buck, Albert H.
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Book Description William Wood and Company, New York, 1909. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1010 pp. Green cloth boards are lightly scuffed with minor rubbing to edges. Pages are clean, text has no markings, binding is sound. This book is oversize and will require extra charges for Priority or International shipping. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 350020

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Holmes, Timothy (Ed.)
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Book Description 1860. Pappband. 1860-1864. London, John W. Parker & Son., 1860-1864, 8°, XXIV, 825, (1); XXII, 895, (1); XXVII, (1), 916, (2); XLI, (3), 1079, (1) pp., mod. cloth; fresh copy. First Edition of this treasure box of British Surgery edited by Timothy Holmes. The imprint varies: v. 2-3 published by Parker, son, and Bourn; v. 4 by Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green. CONTENTS: Vol. 1. General pathology -- v. 2. Local injuries. Diseases of the eye -- v. 3. Operative surgery; diseases of the organs of special sense, respiration, circulation, locomotion and innervation -- v. 4. Diseases of the organs of digestion, of the genito-urinary system, of the breast, thyroid gland and skin; appendix of miscellaneous subjects, with a general alphabetical index and list of authors. LIST OF THE AUTHORS OF THIS WORK AND OF THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS: ANDREW WHYTE BARCLAY (1817-1884), Esq., M.D. (Physician to St. George's Hospital): Delirium Tremens, vol. i.; Diphtheria and Croup, vol. iv. JOHN BIRKETT (1815-1914), Esq. (Surgeon to Guy's Hospital): Injuries of the Pelvis, vol. i.; Hernia, Diseases of the Breast, vol. iv. BERNARD EDWARD BRODHURST (1822-1900), Esq. (Assistant Surgeon to St. George's Hospital, and to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital): Congenital Dislocations and intra-uterine Fractures, vol. iv. CHARLES EDOUARD BROWN-SÉQUARD (1817-1894), Esq., M.D.,F.R.S.: Diseases of the Nerves, and Neuroma, vol. iii. GEORGE BUSK (1807-1886), Esq., F.R.S. (Surgeon to the Seamen's Hospital-ship "Dreadnought."): Parasites, and the Diseases which they produce; Venomous Insects and Reptiles, vol. iv. GEORGE WILLIAM CALLENDER (1830-1878), Esq. (Assistant Surgeon to St. Bartholomew's Hospital): Pyaemia, vol. i.; Diseases of the Veins, vol. iii. HOLMES J. COOTE (1817-1872), Esq. (Surgeon to St. Bartholomew's Hospital): Abscess, Gangrene, vol. i.; Injuries of the Face, vol. ii.; Plastic Surgery, Diseases of the Tongue, vol. iii.; Diseases of the Thyroid Gland, Surgical Apparatus, vol. iv. J. CROFT, Esq. (Assistant Surgeon to St. Thomas's Hospital): Hectic and Traumatic Fever, with the principles of treatment after operation, vol. iv. CAMPBELL GEORGE DE MORGAN (1811-1876), Esq., F.R.S. (Surgeon to the Middlesex Hospital): Erysipelas and the allied Diseases, vol. i. J. DIXON, Esq. (Surgeon to the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital, Moorfields): Diseases and Injuries of the Eye, vol. ii. ARTHUR EDWARD DURHAM (1834-1895), Esq. (Assistant Surgeon to Guy's Hospital): The Laryngoscope, vol. iii. WILLIAM HENRY FLOWER (1831-1899), Esq., F.R.S. (Conservator of the Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons): Injuries of the Upper Extremity, vol. ii. H. GRAY, Esq., F.R.S. (Late Lecturer on Anatomy at St. George's Hospital): Injuries of the Neck, vol. ii.; Surgical Diseases of the Air-passages, vol. iii. GEORGE HARLEY (1829-1896), Esq., M.D. (Assistant Physician to University College): Apnoea, vol. iv. ERNEST HART (1836-1898), Esq. (Ophthalmic Surgeon to St. Mary's Hospital): Aneurism, vol. iii. CHARLES HAWKINS, Esq. (Inspector of Anatomy): Lithotrity, vol. iv. PRESCOTT Gardener HEWETT (1812-1891), Esq. (Surgeon to St. George's Hospital): Injuries of the Head, vol. ii. THOMAS HILLIER (1831-1868), Esq., M.D. (Physician to the Hospital for Sick Children): Diseases of the Skin (a portion), vol. iv. JAMES HINTON (1822-1875), Esq. (Aural Surgeon to Guy's Hospital): Diseases of the Ear, vol. iii. TIMOTHY HOLMES (1825-1907), Esq. (Surgeon to the Hospital for Sick Children, Assistant Surgeon to St. George's Hospital): Editor. Burns and Scalds, General Pathology of Dislocations, vol. i.; Aneurism, diseases of the Bones and Joints, vol. iii.; Surgical Diseases of Children, Surgical Diagnosis, and Regional Surgery, vol. iv. CARSTEN HOLTHOUSE (1810-1901), Esq. (Surgeon to the Westminster Hospital): Injuries of the Lower Extremity, vol. ii. THOMAS KING HORNIDGE (1826-1895), Esq .: General Pathology of Fractures, vol. i. GEORGE MURRAY HUMPHRY (1820-1896), M.D., . Buch. Seller Inventory # 46679

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Lister Joseph
Published by London The Lancet; George Fall Sept. 21 - Nov. 30, 1867 (1867)
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Book Description London The Lancet; George Fall Sept. 21 - Nov. 30, 1867, 1867. First edition of these important articles and letters as printed in the journal ‘The Lancet’. Extracted from the various journal numbers and now presented bound together. 18pp, Folio journal leaves (265x185mm), bound together in grey paper-covered boards with manuscript lettering on the spine and housed in a black cloth-covered slipcase with folding chemise and lettered in gilt. Pages 353-358; 667-670; 409-410; 443-444; 501-502; 595-596. Very well preserved in fine state. SCARCE, JOSEPH LISTER’S SECOND OF TWO EPOCH-MAKING PAPERS ON ANTISEPSIS, one of the most important advances in all of medical science and quite possibly the one which has been responsible for the largest number of lives saved by a singe medical technique. In 1860 Lister was appointed Regius Professor of Surgery in Glasgow. As in other hospitals at that time, the mortality rate at Glasgow for amputations and compound fractures exceeded forty percent due to rampant infection. Lister had for some years been studying the processes of inflammation and suppuration, and in the early 1860's he "began declaring suppuration a form of decomposition. The prevailing medical doctrine about the cause of putrefaction derived from Liebig's dictum (1839) that organic substances in the moist state and in the presence of oxygen undergo a peculiar state of combustion" (DSB). The resulting supposition that wounds should be shielded from the effects of atmospheric oxygen led to often harmful treatments. "Lister realized that oxygen could not be excluded from wounds, and he soon doubted its responsibility for provoking suppuration" (op. cit.). In 1865 a colleague introduced him to the work of Pasteur, whose revelation of the causes of wound sepsis provided Lister "the key for the banishment of hospital diseases" (ibid.). "To prevent bacterial infection Lister began using carbolic acid, a chemical then used routinely by the city of Carlisle to disinfect sewage. In a series of surgical cases he succeeded in completely eliminating infection. Although Lister was in error in assuming that the primary sources of infection were airborne, he had established the principle that the control of infection depended on the control of microorganisms" (Grolier Medicine). Presented here is the second of Lister’s two main papers on antisepsis, ‘read to the British Medical Association at their Dublin meeting of August 9, 1867. Lister announced that consistent application of his antiseptic treatment had entirely freed his Glasgow wards from hospital sepsis. After acknowledging his debt to Pasteur, he details his recommended procedures and describes further case histories of patients treated since publication of his previous article. Like Semmelweis' recommendations for the implementation of aseptic hospital conditions a decade earlier, Lister's ideas initially encountered indifference or outright hostility in the surgical community, especially in Britain. Eventually a number of favorable reports, from German surgeons in particular, began to turn the tide, and by the eighties and nineties a return was made to the aseptic recommendations of Semmelweis. "Withe the further work of Ernst von Bergmann in Berlin, antisepis and clouds of irritating carbolic acid mist gave way in the 1880’s to aseptic surgery and the aseptic routines which characterize the modern operating room" (Grolier Medicine 75). In recognition of Listers services to humanity, he was the first medical practitioner to be elevated to the peerage.’ (Norman) Also included in this collection of journal extracts are Lister’s replies to unfounded accusations made by Sir James Simpson that Lister had plagiarized from works by surgeons in France and Germany, most specifically the French chemist Jules Lemaire. There is also one further follow up article included by Lister on his antiseptic methods. Seller Inventory # 19620

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