Edited by Theophilus Herbert...With Practical Notes condensed from the Lectures of F.H. Ramadge. Frontis. port. & six engraved plates (three of which are double-page & two are hand-colored). 1 p.l., xxxi, 862 pp. Thick 8vo, orig. cloth-backed boards (joints repaired), printed paper label on spine (defective). London: H. Bailliere, 1846. First edition in English to be translated and annotated by Francis Hopkins Ramadge (1793-1867), a physician specializing in diseases of the lungs. This edition replaced the controversial translation by John Forbes which first appeared in 1821. Forbes' translation was "criticized for rearranging and shortening the original, and especially for altering Laënnec's terminology in describing the lung sounds found at auscultation. In 1823 Forbes wrote to Laënnec, apologizing for the liberties he had taken in his translation."-ODNB. "Laennec was undoubtedly the most prominent French internist of his day. His ingenious use of a roll of paper as a first stethoscope opened an entirely new field of physical diagnosis, and by this means he virtually created the physical diagnosis of pulmonary diseases, giving clear, concise definitions of phthisis, pneumothorax, emphysema, etc....His invention of the stethoscope was the most important advance in physical diagnosis between Auenbrugger's introduction of percussion in 1761 and Roentgen's discovery of X-rays in 1895."-Heirs of Hippocrates 1364. Nice copy. ❧ Garrison-Morton 2673-(referring to the 1st French ed.). . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5429)
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