Paris: chez Guillaume Cavelier, 1728.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002945
12mo (164 x 101 mm). , 540 pp., including 20 engraved plates, numbered I-XX. Signatures: a12 e1 A-Y12 Z6. Contemporary calf, spine with 5 raised bands gilt in compartments and with gilt-lettered morocco label (spine ends chipped, hinges split at ends, corners scuffed, soiling and rubbing to boards). Internally little browned only, some pages with faint dampstaining, small hole in upper blank corner of title-page, a few plates trimmed close at upper margin touching headline text). Still a very good copy, collated complete. ----
NLM/Blake p.166; not in Wellcome and Waller. EXCEPTIONALLY RARE FIRST EDITION of Garengeot's anatomical treatise on the human visceral system, followed by a Dissertation on the Origin of Surgery and Medicine, in which the author endeavors to prove that surgery was created before medicine. Rene Jacques Croissant de Garengeot (1688-1759) was born in Vitré and became surgeon like his father. He practiced at Angers and in naval hospitals. He later came to Paris where he was a pupil of Mery and Winslow. Garengeot was an extremely skilled surgeon and became chief surgeon of the King's regiment. "Garengeot advanced almost all parts of operative surgery and was considered a very competent anatomist. He improved many details of the operations for strangulated hernia, hydrocele, hare-lip, lacrimal fistula, nasal polyps. He discared the introduction of tents of lint after herniotomy, performed tracheotomy with a canula, invented a special tourniquet and restored a nose which had been cut off and had lain for a considerable time upon the ground." (R.A. Leonardo, History of surgery, p. 194). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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