[The Surgical works]. Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Local Diseases; and on aneurisms. [Vol. I: . . . On the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Local Diseases; Aneurism; Diseases Resembling Syphilis; and Diseases of the Urethra. Vol. II: . . . On injuries of the head; miscellaneous subjects; Tumours; and Lumbar Abscesses.
by ABERNETHY, John, F.R.S. (1764-1831).
London:: Printed for Longman, Hurst,. . . 1809, 1811., 1809. Two volumes [4 parts]. 8vo. [iv], x, 292, 234; [viii], 260, 222 pp. Original gilt-stamped half black calf, marbled boards. Very good. First collected edition, with two title-pages and each of four sections having its own separate pagination. Some copies of vol. II have imprint dated 1810. "In 1809 and 1811 new editions were published in two volumes. Those who have been trained in anatomy, physiology and pathology in the schools of the present day, cannot easily account for the unbounded influence and interest awakened by the work published under the above modest title. But the writer of this article, who is not yet exactly numbered with the ancients, well remembers when surgeons appeared never to have conceived the idea that local affections were connected pathologically with the constitution as a whole.. . . we should, with one accord, pronounce Abernethy the most auxiliary to the cure of chronic diseases that has ever appeared. The impulse of his modest but convincing statements, was truly immeasurable. It pervaded the whole faculty, medical and surgical. The reformation in practice was professional, both in its origin and results; and no man in our ranks should, even now, undertake the cure of chronic diseases without a faithful study of this great reformer in his own words." – The New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 32; Volume 32, pp. 257-8. "John Hunter's successor at St. Bartholomew's Hospital was John Abernethy, his devoted pupil and disciple. Continuing Hunter's work on ligation, Abernethy became the first to tie successfully the external iliac artery for aneurism, and in 1798 he ligated the common carotid. Although he was a generous man and quite popular as a teacher, he deliberately assumed a brusque manner with his patients, assuming it would inspire their confidence." – Heirs of Hippocrates. "First ligation of the external iliac artery for aneurysm. Abernethy performed the operation in 1796." [G&M 2928]. "A pupil of John Hunter, Abernethy became a leading surgeon in London. He was most industrious, and it is said that not even on his wedding day did he fail to give his usual daily lecture at St. Bartholomew's hospital. His book was, in the view of D'Arcy Power, epoch-making; [in the first edition on pp. 234-92 is recorded the first successful ligation of the external iliac artery for aneurysm, an operation carried out by Abernethy in 1796." – [G&M 5584]. BM Readex, vol. 1, p. 58; Garrison and Morton 2928 & 5584; Heirs of Hippocrates 1193;Waller 168 (9th ed.); Wellcome II, p.3.
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