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Traite des maladies chirurgicales

Petit, Jean

Published by Didot, Paris, 1774
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Greatest French Surgeon Since Pare Petit, Jean Louis (1674-1750). Traite des maladies chirurgicales . . . Mis au jour par M. Lesne. . . . 3 vols., 8vo. [10], civ, 407 [1]; [2], 560; [2], viii, 343 [1]pp. Preliminary pages i-viii in Vol. II not present; also without the 142-page supplement found in some copies. Portrait engraved by Julie Hardivillier after Vige & 90 engraved plates of instruments, irregularly numbered. Paris: Didot, 1774. 186 x 124 mm. Mottled sheep c. 1774, gilt spines, rubbed, extremities and corners worn. A little light foxing & offsetting, fore-edges a little frayed. Very good set. Bookplate. First Edition. Garrison-Morton 3357 (first successful operation for mastoiditis, performed in 1736) & 3577 ("Petit's hernia" & "Petit's triangle"). Petit was the greatest French surgeon after Pare, but he only published one book during his life (the 1705 Art de guerir les os, the first important book on bone diseases, cited as G-M 4300). His treatise on surgery was brought out nearly twenty-five years after his death, but it is a fitting monument, recording his achievements, and providing a summary of 18th century French surgery, including ninety plates of instruments, each with several figures, showing virtually everything in use. The first director of the Paris Academy of Surgery, Petit invented the screw tourniquet, gave the first account of softening of the bones, and of clot formation in arteries following ligation. He improved techniques in amputation and herniotomy, and developed many new procedures (e.g., mastoidectomy). He was the first surgeon to form a unified concept of the operation for breast cancer, anticipating the principles set out by Halsted a century and a half later. The 200pp. section on hernia in his surgery treatise has always been viewed as especially valuable; there is also a biography of Petit by the editor, and a portrait. This set does not contain the supplement to Petit, prepared from manuscript material apparently found too late to be incorporated in the main text. Heirs of Hippocrates 489, note. Robbins, ed., The Breast (1984) 35-36. Blake 345. Waller 7323, apparently without portrait & 1 plate. Not in Cushing. Bookseller Inventory # 32116

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Title: Traite des maladies chirurgicales

Publisher: Didot, Paris

Publication Date: 1774

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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