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Le Museà de L'Hopital Saint-Louis; Iconographie des Maladies Cutanà es et Syphilitiques avec texte Explicatif.
Rueff et Cie, 1895-97., Paris: - Folio. [2], iv, 346 pp. 50 chromolithographic plates, 23 engravings, 18 photogravures. Contemporary half crimson gilt-stamped morocco, marbled boards, raised bands. Very good. RARE. First edition. A MASTERPIECE OF PHOTO-CHROMOLITHOGRAPHY. "The authors of this book were senior doctors at the Hà pital Saint-Louis. Besnier presided over the 4th International Congress of Dermatologists, held in Paris in 1900. The museum had been founded by Devergie in 1865. During his 25 year long career, Devergie commissioned water colour paintings of the major skin diseases for use in his lectures. It was not long before these were supplemented by photographs and moulages. Between 1867 and 1894 the Italian moulage artist M. Baretta (1834-1925) produced 1,800 such models. He devised the internal colouring technique. This is a technique whereby the colours are applied in between the layers of wax. The effect is one of transparency and greater similarity to the colour of human skin (Zanca and Tagliavini). The various separate lesions have been portrayed exceptionally well. Less attention was paid to facial expressions. The museum now has a collection of 4,667 moulages at its disposal (Dahm). The finest among them were reproduced in this book. The printing technique used was photochromy." â€" Franz Ehring, Skin Diseases: 5 Centuries of Scientific Illustration. pp. 176-177. "Ernest Besnier was born in Honfleur in 1831. He studied in Paris, and was a celebrated pupil of Hardy and Bazin. Having been graduated in 1857, he turned his attention exclusively to dermatology, and by 1872 had become a chief at l'Hà pital Saint Louis." "Besnier was active in all phases of dermatology. Although essentially French in his diathetic thinking, he was responsible for translating Kaposi's text into French, with masterful annotations by himself. His monograph on psoriasis, his work on atopic dermatitis., and his work on eczema entitle him to his place as the leading French dermatologist of his time." - Shelley & Crissey, Classics in Clinical Dermatology, p. 246. "Ernest Besnier was the unquestioned master of French dermatology towards the end of the 19th century. When he took over the leadership of the Parisian dermatology clinic in 1873, French dermatology had lost its premier position and fallen behind the Vienna school not only in regards to research and teaching but also in terms of space and equipment. Besnier reformed French dermatology, incorporating many advances from Vienna, such as establishing laboratories for bacteriology, mycology and histopathology and encouraging basic research. As he retired just before the turn of the century, French dermatology had closed the gap." "Ernest Henri Besnier was born on 21 April 1831 in Honfleur, a small village in the Normandy. Since his father was a customs official, the family moved frequently, including stays in Marseille and Orleans. Besnier studied medicine in Paris and advanced to Interne des Hà pitaux in 1853. His teachers included Ernest Bazin, Philippe Boyer, and Henri-Louis Royer, whose niece Besnier married a few years later. In 1857 his doctoral thesis on the diagnosis and therapy of ileus was accepted. He continued to address mainly internal medicine themes. Named Mà decin des Hà pitaux in 1863, he published between 1864 and 1872 studies ranging from cholera to diseases of the spleen to rheumatic diseases to gall stones, becoming one of the best known internists in France. As signs of recognition he was elected Vice-President of the Socià tà anatomique in 1861 and Secretary-General of the Socià tà Mà dicale des hà pitaux in 1864. He served as a military physician in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1871 and was awarded the highest military honor, being named a Chevalier de la Là gion d'Honneur." "When Bazin retired as head of dermatology clinic at Hà pital Saint-Louis at the end of 1872, Besnier was the highest ranking faculty member and entitled to the position. Although no one dreamed he would desert interna [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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