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Severall Chirurgicall Treatises
London: E. Flesher and J. Macock, 1676. Quarto. (12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches). [16], 498, 79, [1], [14]pp. Contemporary mottled calf, spine with raised bands, later paper label, wornProvenance: Jonathan Fisher (signatures dated as early as 1692); Jacobus Fisher (signature dated 1707); John Hare (early signature)First edition of a landmark in western medicine.Richard Wiseman (1621-1676) was the most prominent surgeon during the English civil war. His primary work, Several Surgical Treatises, is now seen as a landmark in the history of western medicine. The work details over 600 case histories of surgical procedures.The treatises include works on Tumors, Ulcers, Diseases of the Anus, Kings-evill, Wounds, Gunshot Wounds, Fractures and Luxations, and with a separately paginated section on Lues Venerea. Among the most significant contributions is Wiseman's practice of early amputation of infected limbs, before disease could spread throughout the body, which was contrary to common practice.Wing W3107; ESTC R12081; Garrison & Morton 5573; Heirs of Hippocrates 350; Norman 2253; Osler 4258.
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