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Heister General System of Surgery 1757

Heister, General System of Surgery, 1757

A General System of Surgery, in Three Parts. Containing the Doctrine and Management I. Of Wounds, Fractures, Luxations, Tumors, and Ulcers, of all Kinds. II. Of the several Operations performed on all Parts of the Body. III. Of the several Bandages applied in all Operations and Disorders. The Whole illustrated with Forty Copper-Plates, exhibiting all the Operations, Instruments, Bandages, and Improvements, according to the Modern and most approved Practice. To which is prefixed, an Introduction, concerning the Nature, Origin, Progress, and Improvements of Surgery; with such other Preliminaries as are necessary to be known by the Younger Surgeons. Being a Work of Thirty Years Experience. By Dr. Laurence Heister, Professor of Physic and Surgery in the University of Helmstadt, Fellow of the Royal Society, London, and of the Royal Academy at Paris, &c. The Sixth Edition, Translated from the Author’s last Edition, greatly improved. London, 1757. Quarto in full leather binding with title plate on spine. Two volumes bound as one. Clean bright text block with mild foxing. Binding tight. One leaf of publisher’s advertisements at the rear. Forty Engraved copper folding plates, some with marginal tears and chips, final plate considerably torn. Leather scuffed and chipped at fore edges and corners. Hinges strong and boards securely attached. Lorenz Heister (English: Laurence, Latin: Laurentius) wrote the most popular surgical textbook of the 18th century (first edition 1719, First English edition 1743, see Garrison-Morton 5576). He introduced a spinal brace.