Titre : A Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation, and ...
Éditeur : London: Printed by John Richardson, for George Nicol,? 1794.
Date d'édition : 1794
4to, pp. lxvii, 575, engraved frontispiece portrait after Sir Joshua Reynolds, and 9 plates. Some spotting in gatherings R and S (as usual), some very light browning towards the end. Contemporary mottled calf, flat spine gilt, black morocco label (neat repairs to ends of spine and joints), an unusually nice copy. FIRST EDITION. John Hunter, one of the greatest surgeons of all time, collected the material for this ?epoch-making book? (G&M) while serving with the army at Belle Isle during the Seven Years? War. Published posthumously, it is easily the largest work by a British surgeon to date. His studies on inflammation in particular are fundamental for pathology, as there was little understanding of the subject before his time. He classified inflammation into three types, and was the first to assess and describe three essential factors of wound pathology: first, that an external agent in the air, and not the air itself, is a factor in wound inflammation; second, that a good blood supply is essential in maintaining the natural defences of the body; and third, that the presence of mortified tissue in a deep wound prevents healing and promotes the onset of sepsis. He was outstanding in importance to orthopaedic surgery among eighteenth century surgeons, and made epoch-making studies of the surgical diseases of the vascular system. He was acknowledged by Virchow as the founder of experimental and surgical pathology, and his collection of pathological specimens was at one time the finest in the world. G&M 2283. Grolier One Hundred (Medicine), 52. Lilly, Classical Works, 112. Willius & Keys, Cardiac Classics, pp. 263?275, reproducing Hunter?s description of his own fatal illness, angina pectoris. Bick, Classics of Orthopaedics, 4. Long, History of Pathology, pp. 148?153. LeFanu, John Hunter, A List, p. 15. N° de réf. du libraire 2918
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