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Chirurgie. Traite d'operations nouvelles
Paris: Mequignon-Marvis, 1814. First Illustrated Treatise on Orthopedic Treatment of Hands Dutertre, P[ierre] (b. 1758). Chirurgie. Traite d'operations nouvelles, et inventions de mecaniques, servant de moyens secondaires pour en assurer le succes. 8vo. 85 [1]pp., plus 4-page "Copie de la lettre envoyee a M. le Docteur Dutertre. . ." bound between pp. [8]-[9]. Engraved frontispiece and 21 plates. Paris: Mequignon-Marvis, 1814. 224 x 138 mm. Modern quarter morocco, marbled boards, in period style. Some minor dampstaining, but very good. First Edition of the first separate illustrated treatise on the orthopedic treatment of hand injuries and deformities. Prior to the work of William Adams on Dupuytren's contracture (1879) few, if any, orthopedic surgeons operated substantially within the hand itself. Instead, like Dutertre, they treated injured and deformed hands externally with braces, splints, etc. In this remarkable but little-known book Dutertre describes braces and splints of his own invention, which are illustrated in the plates. Many of his patients had suffered serious burns to their hands; in such cases, Dutertre would incise the crippling scar tissue, but he appears not to have performed any more complicated surgical operations. According to Dutertre's obviously self-serving dedication to the King of France, all of the operations described in his Chirurgie were successful. Dutertre is not noticed in our surgical or orthopedic references, nor does he appear in Hirsch. Waller 2662.
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