ADAMS, William.

On Contractions of the Fingers (Dupuytren’s and Congenital Contractions.) and on “Hammer-Toe”. Including two essays of Dupuytren’s contraction of the fingers, and its successful treatment by subcutaneous divisions of the palmar fascia, and immediate extension. One essay on congenital contraction of the fingers… One essay on the successful treatment of hammer-toe… And one essay on the obliteration of depressed cicatrices after glandular abscesses, or exfoliation of bone by a subcutaneous operation. Second edition.

London: J. and A. Churchill,... .1892

8vo, pp. xx, 1 leaf, pp. 154, (1) adverts, and 8 plates with 9 leaves of explanation. Half-title, 31 illustrations in the text. Original red cloth. Small label removed from foot of front pastedown, a few library stamps (on verso of title and elsewhere), but a very good, clean copy.

Second edition, enlarged from the first of 1879 by several additional essays and 4 more plates. “It was Adams’s use of the principle of subcutaneous surgery that led to his monograph on its use for Dupuytren’s contracture, in which he also described a method of relieving depressed scars, such as those from old tuberculous sinuses of the neck... William Adams should have his name coupled with the operation of subcutaneous fasciotomy for Dupuytren’s contracture” (Boyes, On the shoulders of giants, 1976, pp. 49–52).


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