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Jardine, Surgical Instruments, 1814

Jardine, Surgical Instruments, 1814

An Essay Toward the Improvement of Some of the Important Instruments in Surgery; and of the Operations in which they are employed. William Jardine, a surgeon of the royal navy. Edinburgh, 1814.

Octavo in blue paper over boards. Newly rebacked with blue cloth and paper title label. 1896 Prior owner’s writing (surgeon with last name of Allison) on front paste down and first page of dedication. Binding tight. Text block clean and bright. Pages untrimmed with large margins. Eleven plates at rear illustrating surgical instruments and their application. Repair of harelip discussed on pages 97 – 106. Also includes a discussion on the removal of fishbones from the esophagus. Dedication to John Barclay, M.D.

Collates to Waller 5128: xi, 180 pp., 11 pl (as well as one blank at front and rear).

“Surgeons and instrument makers in Britain (Jardine and Savigny), France (Thomson and Charrière), and America (Galt and Otto & Reynders) endeavored to make the trephine safer and more precise.” (Edmonson, James M. J Hist Neurosci. Apr-Jun 2019;28(2):101-121. PMID 31116664).

William Jardine was a Scottish physician, adventurer, and opium merchant. He founded a conglomerate in Hong Kong.