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    "First of the Really Great Surgeons"

    Richard Wiseman. Eight Chirurgical Treatises, On These Following Heads: (Viz.) I. Of Tumours. II. Of Ulcers. III. Of Diseases of the Anus. IV. Of the Kings-Evil. V. Of Wounds. VI. Of Gun-shot Wounds. VII. Of Fractures and Luxations. VIII. Of the Lues Venerea. London: for Benjamin Tooke and John Meredith in Trust for Royston and Elizabeth Meredith, 1705. Fourth edition. Folio. [A] 4, a2, B-4A4, 4B2. [12], 540, [8] pages. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, boards and spine chipped, tear at head of spine, edges rubbed; support along both hinges, with bookplates of "Richard Ash and Gulielmi Chubb," Bristol Medical Society, from the library of Karl A. Meyer; dampstains, foxing, browning, occasional edge chips and tears, otherwise in good condition. ESTC n1246. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Richard Wiseman. Eight Chirurgical Treatises, On These Following Heads: (Viz.) I. Of Tumours. II. Of Ulcers. III. Of Diseases of the Anus. IV. Of the Kings-Evil. V. Of Wounds. VI. Of Gun-shot Wounds. VII. Of Fractures and Luxations. VIII. Of the Lues Venerea. London: for Benjamin Tooke and John Meredith in Trust for Royston and Elizabeth Meredith, 1705.

    Fourth edition. Folio. [A] 4, a2, B-4A4, 4B2. [12], 540, [8] pages. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, boards and spine chipped, tear at head of spine, edges rubbed; support along both hinges, with bookplates of "Richard Ash and Gulielmi Chubb," Bristol Medical Society, from the library of Karl A. Meyer; dampstains, foxing, browning, occasional edge chips and tears, otherwise in good condition.

    "Wiseman ranks in surgery as high as does Sydenham in medicine."- G&M 5573.

    "Wiseman deserves notice as the first of the really great surgeons who lifted the surgical profession from its state of subordination to the physicians." -DNB.

    "The 'severall treatises' encompassing over six hundred case histories, deal with tumors, ulcers, diseases of the anus, scrofula, wounds, gunshot wounds, fractures and luxations, and venereal diseases. Wiseman was the first to advocate primary amputation of a badly injured or diseased limb rather than to wait until the onset of infection; he also practiced flap amputation rather than the circular or guillotine amputation method more commonly used in his day. He was the first to describe tuberculosis of the joints (tumor albus), and his treatise on syphilis and gonorrhea includes a description of the surgical treatment of suppression of urine by means of external urethrotomy." - Norman, 2253.

    ESTC n1246

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