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Treatise on the diseases of the heart, and great vessels. Edited by J. Bouillaud...; translated from the French by Charles W. Chauncy, M. D.
Philadelphia:: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833., 1833. 23 cm. 8vo. liii, [1], [17]-449, [1], [25]-32 pp. Ads. Original full speckled calf, gilt spine rules, black spine label; joints just starting, minor wear to extremities. Foxed. Very good copy. First American edition. Bertin's work was first published in Paris in 1824. "His most important contribution was on the nomenclature and understanding of cardiac hypertrophy. He recognized three varieties, simple hypertrophy in which the cavity was unchanged in size, eccentric hypertrophy in which the cavity was dilated and concentric hypertrophy previously unrecognized according to Bertin, in which the cavity was reduced in size. There concepts were a development of those of Laennec and were a distinct improvement on Corvisart's active and passive aneurysm. The terms eccentric and concentric became part of standard pathological terminology and some modern authors have suggested that the concentric variety represents what is known today as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy." - Fleming. "Disorders of the cardiovascular system were of special interest to Bertin and his assistant Jean Baptiste Bouillaud. Their rich clinical experience was reflected in Bertin's1824 monograph on diseases of the heart and great vessels that was edited by Bouillaud. ... Bertin's monograph on heart disease was translated by Charles Chauncy of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1833.... he claimed that Bertin's was the most comprehensive book on cardiovascular diseases. Chauncy's enthusiasm for Bertin's monograph was shared by the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Institute of France. A committee of this prestigious society praised the book." "Bertin's monograph on diseases of the heart and blood vessels is very comprehensive. Widely heralded in its day, it now provides valuable insight into the practice of medicine in the early 19th century. This was a very dynamic era: cardiac diagnosis was advancing dramatically as a result of the introduction of the stethoscope and emphasis on careful clinicopathological correlation. Bertin played an important role in this evolution although he died in 1828, shortly after the publication of his book." - Bruce Fye. "Bertin's outstanding work, "Traite des maladies du coeur et des gros vaisseaux" was published in Paris in 1824. He described valvular vegetations and valvular deformities with special reference to their signs, described the presystolic murmur of mitral stenosis and gave an excellent account of atrophy of the heart. Bertin was greatly interested in the problem of cardiac hypertrophy and by means of microscopy demonstrated an actual increase in the amount of musculature. He classified hypertrophy of the heart into three types, concentric, excentric and simple. This classification prevailed in medical literature for many years." - Willius & Dry. Rene-Joseph-Hyacinthe Bertin (1757-1828), son of a physician, French anatomist, made pioneering achievements in the field of cardiology. Bertin took his medical degree in 1791 from Montpelier. He served as an army medical officer during both the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. Afterwards he became physician-in-chief at the Cochin Hospital in Paris. REFERENCES: Acierno, The History of Cardiology, p. 447; Bedford 373(n.); P. R. Fleming, A Short History of Cardiology, Brill, (1977), p. 76; Fye, Bruce, "Profiles in Cardiology," Clinical Cardiology, vol. 16, pp. 273-274 (1993); Willius and Dry, A History of the Heart and the Circulation, p. 124. [FFrye C188]
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