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Handatlas der Hautkrankheiten für Studirende und Ärtze: I Abtheilung. A - H. (Acne - Hypertrichosis); II Abtheilung. I - M. (Ichthyosis - Myomata Cutis.); III Abtheilung N - Z (Naevus - Xeroderma pigmentosum). 3-vol. set (Complete)
Wilhelm Braumüller 1898-1900, Wien; Leipzig - Quarto. [10], XIII, [5]pp (text), 376 leaves (plates). Original half brown morocco over gilt-lettered olive cloth, with gold lettering and tooling on spines. Marbled paper edges. Decorative endpapers. Illustrated with 376 striking chromolithographs depicting skin diseases in gruesome details, this pictorial atlas contains one of the most extensive and valuable collections of dermatological illustrations. "In publishing this atlas of skin diseases I wish to provide students with an aid to their studies and general practitioners with a means of comparison and verification when diagnosing skin diseases. The atlas not only has to contain all common and unusual forms of diseases, it must also show all of the modifications they can assume according to their site, extensiveness, and phase of development or regression. Our dermatology clinic here at Vienna University has a collection of teaching aids, consisting of colored original water-color paintings commissioned by Ferdinand Hebra. These paintings now number almost 1000. Most of them are the masterly work of Elfinger and Karl Heitzmann." (Translated from the author's preface). The illustrations are artistically executed, and display remarkable accuracy both in drawing and coloring. Each chromolithograph plate is preceded by a printed leaf listing the medical title of the condition pictured. Minor shelf wear. Volume 2 has some rubbing on spine, with slight abrasion to upper front joint. Previous owner's name in ink on upper fly leaf of first volume, as well as sporadic annotations in pencil on caption leaves. Text in German. Bindings in overall good+, interior in very good condition. About the author: Moritz Kaposi (1837-1902) was a Hungarian physician and dermatologist who discovered the skin tumor that received his name (Kaposi's sarcoma). Born to a Jewish family, originally his surname was Kohn; but, with his conversion to the Catholic faith, he changed it to Kaposi in 1871, in reference to his town of birth. One purported reason behind this is that he wanted to marry a daughter of current dermatology chairman, Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, and advance in the society, which he could not have done being of Jewish faith. This seems unlikely because he married Martha Hebra and converted to Catholicism several years prior to changing his name, by which time he was already well-established in the Vienna University faculty and a close associate of von Hebra. A more plausible explanation is based on his own comments to colleagues that he changed his name to avoid confusion with five other similarly named physicians on the Vienna faculty. Rumors about the sincerity of both his marriage and his concerns about his Jewish ancestry may have arisen through professional jealousy (William Dubreuilh (1857-1935), first professor and chairman of dermatology in Bordeaux: "On disait de Kaposi qu il avait pris la fille de Hebra, sa maison, sa chaire et sa clientèle, laissant le reste à son beau-frère Hans Hebra." - "It was said of Kaposi that he had taken the daughter of Hebra, his home, his chair and his clientele, leaving the rest to his brother-in-law, Hans Hebra."). His name entered into the history of medicine in 1872, when he described for the first time Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer of the skin, which he had discovered in five elderly male patients and which he initially named "idiopathic multiple pigmented sarcoma". More than a century later, the appearance of this disease in young gay men in New York, San Francisco and other coastal cities in the United States was one of the first indications that a new disease, now called AIDS, had appeared. Kaposi's sarcoma is a tumor that is caused by a virus, Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus or KSHV, discovered in 1993. Kaposi's sarcoma is now the most commonly reported cancer in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. According to his biographer, Dr. J.D. Oriel, "in his lifetime, Moritz Kaposi was acknowledged as one of the great masters of the Vienna School of [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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