35 fine woodcut illus. in the text. Six parts bound in four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (wrappers a little soiled), orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Tokyo: Suharaya Mohe, 1799. First edition of the first Japanese book to recommend the use of Western forceps in delivery. Katakura (1750-1822), was one of Kagawa's students and a leader in integrating the ideas and concepts of western medical practice into Japanese obstetrics. Inspired particularly by Hendrik van Deventer and Smellie as well as other western obstetricians, Katakura was the first to use in utero illustration which adopted western views and abandoned the eastern understanding of fetal development and positioning... "The book is very well-illustrated with figures depicting fetal positions, the placenta, and use of a newly introduced instrument -- the forceps."-Heirs of Hippocrates-(unknowingly describing the 1822 reprint which is identical to the 1799 first edition except for the addition of the portrait of Katakura). Nice set. ❧ Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books, II, p. 494-"Kakuryo or Genshu or Shinho Katakura (1750-1822), a Japanese physician who came from a long line of doctors, had been a pupil of Genetsu Kagawa, and was himself very famous in obstetrics and gynecology, felt it necessary to write a book to correct what he believed to be the errors in the works of the two Kagawas referred to above. The result was the Sanka hatsumo, published originally in 1799 in six volumes (bound in four), a treatise on obstetrics described by the author in his preface as 'a collection of medical science based on actual experience'." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5463)
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