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Treves, A Manual of Operative Surgery, 1892

Treves, A Manual of Operative Surgery, 1892

A Manual of Operative Surgery. By Frederick Treves, F. R. C. S. Surgeon to and Lecturer on Anatomy at the London Hospital; Member of the Board of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons. With 422 Illustrations. Philadelphia: Lea Brothers & Co. 1892.


Vol. I. General Principals – Anaesthetics – Operations Upon Arteries and Nerves – Amputations – Excisions – Operations Upon Bones, Joints, and Tendons. 


Vol. II. Plastic Surgery – Operations Upon the Neck and Abdomen – Operations on Hernia – Operations Upon the Bladder, Scrotum, Penis, and Rectum – Operations Upon the Head and Spine, Thorax, and Breast. 


Two volumes in original full brown leather bindings with black title plates on spine now almost entirely worn away. Approximately 1 inch tear to bottom edge of spine of volume II. Additional scuffs to leather at various places. External hinges remarkably intact. Internal hinges cracked. Ex libris copy. Interiors, clean, bright, and tight. Copiously illustrated with black and white in-text figures of anatomy, pathology, and surgery. Surgical illustrations include instruments, suturing, orthopedics and amputation, rhinoplasty, and more. 


Frederick Treves (1853 – 1923), an English surgeon, is now most widely remembered for his association with Joseph Merrick (the so-called Elephant Man). Treves was also renowned in his day as a formidable surgeon, particularly with regard to the treatment of appendicitis (vol II, pg 402 in this work). He was personal friends with Merrick and also eventually performed his autopsy. 


This title not in Garrison-Morton.