9 February 2000
WISEMAN, Richard (1622?-1676). Severall chirurgical treatises. London: E. Flesher and J. Macock for R. Royston and B. Took, 1676.
2o (313 x 195 mm). (Some light browning and spotting, mostly marginal, small hole in Aa4 affecting a few letters, one margin repaired at edges.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners repaired). Provenance: "OR" (early monogram on front free endpaper).
FIRST EDITION. The treatises include over 600 case histories documentng the treatment of tumors, ulcers, diseases of the anus, wounds, gun-shot wounds, fractures and lucations, venereal disease, and the king's-evil, or scrofula. Wiseman was the first to advocate early amputation of infected limbs, before disease could spread throughout the body, contrary to common practice. Garrison-Morton 5573; NLM/Krivatsy 13083; Norman 2253; Wing W-3107.
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