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Nelaton Clinical Lectures on Surgery 1855

Nelaton, Clinical Lectures on Surgery, 1855

Clinical Lectures on Surgery. By M. Nelaton. From Notes Taken By Walter F. Atlee, M. D. Philadelphia, 1855 Octavo volume in original full brown calf binding with black title plate on spine. Prior 19th century owner’s signatures on title page. Clean, bright, and tight throughout with only minimal foxing. Leather scuffed and chipped. Apparent restoration of cracked rear hinge. Topics include trauma, burns, fractures, inflammation, gynecology, cancer, and much more. The preface notes that microscopic observations from M. Charles Robin and M. Lebert have also been included. Title page includes a Latin quote form Morgagni (De Sedibus et Causis...). August Nelaton invented several surgical instruments. His name is eponymously preserved in Nelaton’s tumor and Nelaton’s line. Nélaton "was, in fact, in many respects, the best surgeon whom France has produced during the [nineteenth] century, being unsurpassed as a diagnostician, as an operator, and as a clinical teacher" (Billings, The History and Literature of Surgery, p. 113). Walter Atlee is the son of John Lightfoot Atlee (to whom this book is dedicated). John Atlee performed the first successful double oophorectomy (Garrison-Morton 6034).