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Orthopaedia: Or the Art of correcting and preventing Deformities in Children. By such Means, as may easily put in Practice by Parents themselves, and as such as are employed in Educating Children. 1 vol. (only)
Translated from the French In two volumes, illustrated with Cuts. - London, printed for a Millar, 1743, Kl.8, VIII, 230, ( 7, Indexs, 3 pp., 13 Kupferstichtafeln, im Halbledereinband d.Zt. Rücken erneuert zweiter Band fehlt. Rare First Edition the complete orthopedic part Volume two is missing with 13 of the famous 14 copper prints, rebacked. Book I.: A General Description of the external Parts if the Body. Book II.: The Means of preventing and correcting the Deformities of the Body in children.Book III.: Deformities if Arms, Hands, Legs and Feet. Book IV.: second volume is missing. "IN 1741 Nicolas Andry published a book in Paris which was destined to become a milestone in medical literature. It is a pleasure to browse through this Orthopaedia: or, the Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children. Written as a manual for parents who wished to raise well-formed and healthy children, much of the Orthopaedia dealt with non-medical subjects. At times it is a strange mixture of valid observation and treatments, of medical ideas already disproven when it was first published, of old wives' tales, of medications which could have been concocted in an. alchemist's kitchen, and of glaring superstitions.Nevertheless, Andry's book remains one of the first major contributions to orthopaedic literature. The title, which was coined from die Greek words orthos-straight and paidion-child, was a more fortunate choice than other artificial combinations in that it became the name of a new medical field. The book itself became extremely influential in paving the way for a better understanding of the deformities and diseases of the musculo-skeletal system. Now Andry's name is more familiar to die orthopedic surgeon than the contents of his book. It consists of two volumes, subdivided into a Preface, four books, a Thesis on exercise, and a Supplement. In addition to the derivation of the tide, the preface contains reviews of "two earlier books on similar subjects, the Paedotrophia of Scévole de Sainte-Martha and the Callipaedia of Claude Quillet, two early "textbooks" of pediatrics. Book I is a descriptive anatomy of the locomotor apparatus.Books II and III deal with deformities of the musculo-skeletal system and their treatment. Book IV (Here missing) discusses deformities and ailments of the head and teeth and afflictions of seeing, hearing, and speaking. The Thesis defends the proper use of exercises as the best preserver of health. Those readers who want to test their knowledge of classical languages may do so by reading this section since the thesis is also printed in Latin. The Supplement is a refutation of criticisms of the author's observations and therapeutic methods. This section is of great interest as it acquaints us with Andry as a human being, one who, like most of us, resents criticism, is not above hair-splitting to prove his point, and can be very sarcastic in his counterattack on his critics. Books II and III and the Thesis show a sometimes strikingly modern approach to the causes of musulo-skeletal deformities, sound methods for their corrections, and keen observations of the effectiveness of properly applied exercises.Andry's great contribution to medicine is his discovery, or at least rediscovery, of the molding influence of muscle traction on bone, and therefore the shaping of a child's body, the efficiency of massage, the value of therapeutic exercises, and proper bracing. ." Ulrich H. Weil, Review of The Reprint if the "Orthopaedia", J Hist Med, April 1963, p.190
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