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HEISTER, Lorenz.

A General System of Surgery, in three parts. Containing the doctrine and management I. Of wounds, fractures, luxations, tumors, and ulcers, of all kinds. II. Of the several operations performed on all parts of the body. III. Of the several bandages applied in all operations and disorders.... The sixth edition, translated from the author’s last edition, greatly improved. London: Printed for W. Innys and J. Richardson... and C. Reymers, . 1757.

Price £ GBP 700.00

2 parts in 1 volume, 4to, pp. xvi, 456, 404, (10), (2)adverts, 40 folding engraved plates. Library stamp on recto and verso of title and a few elsewhere, tear in last plate neatly repaired, three plates creased and slightly damaged in the margin, some foxing and slight soiling, but generally a good copy. Good modern half calf antique, spine gilt.

Sixth edition in English. See G&M 5576 (first edition, in German, of 1718). The most popular surgical text of the eighteenth century, and one of the best illustrated. It was translated into seven languages, including Japanese. Heister was the first truly scientific surgeon in Germany. He introduced the term “tracheotomy”, and a spinal brace.

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