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Orthopćdia: Or, the art of correcting and preventing deformities in children
London: A. Millar, 1743. The Work that Named Orthopedics Andry, Nicolas (1658-1742). Orthopćdia: Or, the art of correcting and preventing deformities in children . . . 2 vols., 12mo. viii, 230, [10]; vi, 310, [8]pp. 15 engraved plates, including frontispiece to Vol. I. London: A. Millar, 1743. 167 x 93 mm. Calf, gilt spines ca. 1743, light wear and rubbing, hinges in Vol. I cracked. Light toning but very good. Engraved armorial bookplate of the Steuart family of Allanton, an ancient Scottish family. First Edition in English of Andry's L'Orthopédie ou l'art de prévenir et de corriger dans les enfans (1741), the work from which the specialty of orthopedics takes its name. The English edition is rare: This is only the second copy we have handled in fifty years in the trade, having sold our first copy in 1985! Before Andry the field of orthopedics consisted of fractures and dislocations, and bone diseases. Andry was the first to note the active participation of muscles in producing deformities of the skeletal system, and to write a book on orthopedics as a preventive science (his title word, "orthopédie," was composed of French forms of the Greek words for "straight" and "child"). He stressed moderate exercise, posture improvement, mechanical aids and sensible clothing, but also made many observations on the pathologic states of the musculo-skeletal system of prime importance to the surgeon, which have formed the core of orthopedic surgery. The allegorical frontispiece and fourteen plates are excellent copies of the French versions, made after drawings by Antoine Humblot, a particularly prolific book illustrator (see Benezit). The plates show how to sit reading, how to move heavy objects, suitable clothing for children, etc. The most famous plate shows a bent tree roped to a stake; this image has become the official symbol of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 4301. Peltier, Orthopedics, 20-23. Norman, Grolier Medical Hundred, 42.
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