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    Landmarks of Science & Medicine from the Library of Andras Gedeon

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 49

    AUENBRUGGER, Leopold (1722-1809). Inventum novum ex percussione thoracis humani ut signo abstrusos interni pectoris morbos detegendi. Vienna: J.T. Trattner, 1761. 8° (193 x 112mm). Woodcut vignette or device on title (some discolouration and foxing). Modern boards.

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    AUENBRUGGER, Leopold (1722-1809). Inventum novum ex percussione thoracis humani ut signo abstrusos interni pectoris morbos detegendi. Vienna: J.T. Trattner, 1761. 8° (193 x 112mm). Woodcut vignette or device on title (some discolouration and foxing). Modern boards.

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with no errata on p.96. 'This small book is one of the greatest of all medical classics and contains the results of Auenbrugger's experience with a new method of physical diagnosis - thoracic percussion' (Heirs of Hippocrates). For a long time the work languished in the shadows and it was only after the second French translation in 1808, by J.N. Corvisart, that the value of percussion was universally recognised. Garrison-Morton 2672; Gedeon pp.173-4; Grolier Medicine 45; Norman 81; Heirs of Hippocrates 954.


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