An Engraved Representation of the Anatomy of the Human Ear, exhibiting in one view the external and internal parts of that organ in situ. Accompanied with a plate of outlines and references, with copious explanations. To which are added surgical remarks on introducing the probe and catheter into the Eustachian tube by the nostril…
Hull: Printed by Thomas Topping… Sold by Longman…1823
Large folio, 38 pages, 1 leaf (errata), double-page letterpress “Synoptic Table”, 1 engraved plate from a drawing by the author and 1 engraved outline plate. First plate bound as a frontispiece. Plates a bit spotted, title and errata leaf somewhat browned. Modern boards as the original with original printed label preserved on upper cover, uncut. Stamp of the British Medical Association on first 3 leaves; bookplate of Richard J. Bennett. Loosely inserted is a single printed leaf announcing the publication of the book.
FIRST EDITION. “This is an early illustration of the two most effective surgical interventions from the beginning of the nineteenth century: tympanocentesis, or incising the tympanic membrane; and Eustachian tube intubation. Buchanan includes a classification — nosology — of all ear diseases” (Ruben). Buchanan introduced catheterisation of the Eustachian tube in England, following the French school, as well as other innovations. Robert J. Ruben, Hear! Hear! Six centuries of otology (2002), 10. Politzer, History of otology (1981), pp. 219–220 and 275–276 (apparently unaware of the present book). Stevenson & Guthrie, p. 61.
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