A Treatise on the Operations of Surgery, with a Description and Representation of the Instruments Used in Performing Them
London, J. Brotherton, W. Innys et al, 1743. 4th edition. Leather Bound. pp. lii, 228. 8vo. Beautifully re-bound in handsome full brown calf with gilt spine titles. Originally published with 14 copper engravings, this copy contains 13, lacking plate 2. Internally, the preliminary pages show a small stain to the top right corner, with some light general soiling. Afterwards, the pages are quite clean and bright. Sharp (1709-1778) was an English surgeon and author. He practiced from 1733 to 1757 at Guy's Hospital in London and became internationally famous after the publication of this title, the first edition of which appeared in 1739. The work commences with a Dedication to William Cheselden, to whom Sharp was bound as an apprentice for seven years while learning his art from the former (who was surgeon at St. Pancras's Hospital). Cheseldon published 'Osteographia' (Anatomy of Bones) in the same year that Sharp was elected surgeon to Guy's. The Dedication is followed by a Preface, and then by an extensive Introduction, with is itself divided into three chapters, dealing with 'the Nature and Treatment of Wounds, Abscesses, and Ulcers'. This is followed by the general treatise of 38 chapters.
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Trefwoorden: History of medicine; Surgical;