AMMON, Friedrich August von, & Moritz BAUMGARTEN.
Die Plastische Chirurgie nach ihren bisherigen Leistungen kritisch dargestellt. Eine von der Medizinischen Gesellschaft zu Gent gekrönte Preisschrift.
Berlin: Verlag von G. Reimer, .1842
8vo, pp. xxvi, 310. With the half-title showing the medal awarded to the authors. Contemporary half green cloth and marbled boards. Paper very slightly browned, spine and edges of boards slightly rubbed, otherwise an excellent copy. Old shelf label on upper board and front pastedown.
FIRST EDITION. G&M 5744. The first critical review of the new field of plastic surgery, and the second comprehensive work on the subject, preceded only by Zeis’s Handbuch of 1838 (G&M 5743.4). Ammon “exercised a tremendous influence on the plastic surgery of his time. His friendship with Dieffenbach induced him to make great contributions to plastic surgery, both through his critical reports and his publication of new methods, especially for the areas of the lips and lids” (Gabka & Vaubel, Plastic surgery past and present, p. 134). Ammon was in fact Zeis’s teacher, and was influential in his approach to plastic surgery. Zeis reports on Ammon’s operations in several chapters of his Handbuch, and in his bibliography he praised Ammon’s work on the physiology of transplanted tissue. Ammon is best known in the field of ophthalmology for his great atlas of the pathology of the eye. He took a special interest in ophthalmic plastic surgery and gives a full account of blepharoplasty and canthoplasty in this book. Zeis Index 463 and p. 463. Becker catalogue 15. Albert, Norton & Hurtes 58.
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