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Bell Principles of Surgery 1826

Bell, Principles of Surgery, 1826

The Principles of Surgery, as they relate to Wounds, Ulcers, Fistulae, Aneurisms, Wounded Arteries, Fractures of the Limbs, Tumors, the Operations of Trepan and Lithotomy. Also of the Duties of the Military and Hospital Surgeon. By John Bell. A new edition, with commentaries, and a critical enquiry into the practice of surgery. By Charles Bell, Professor of anatomy and surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons in London, surgeon of the Middlesex Hospital, etc. In four volumes. With engravings and marginal illustrations. London, 1826. Four octavo volumes uniformly rebound (by Vernon Wiering) in brown quarter calf bindings with marbled paper over boards. Red title plates and gold text etc on spines. New end papers. Uncut (deckle) page edges, and some unopened. Bindings tight and text blocks clean and bright. In-text wood cuts and figures. Publisher’s advertisement at rear of volume one, preceding 6 plates (some in colors) of medical and surgical conditions. 9 plates at the rear of volume 2, 15 at rear of volume 3, 1 in volume 4 (not at rear, but at page 400. Volume 4 concludes with an explanation of plate, intext figures and wood cuts. Complete in four volumes with 31 engraved plates, titles, and publisher’s advertisement. First published in 1801 (Garrison Morton 2926 5581) in three volumes, this work went through many editions. The plates are the author’s own work and remain highly esteemed today. The brother of Charles Bell, John was the first to ligate the gluteal artery. He also successfully tied the common carotid and the internal iliac arteries.