CARPUE, Joseph Constantine.

A History of the High Operation for the Stone, by incision above the pubis; with observations on the advantages attending it and an account of the various methods of lithotomy, from the earliest periods to the present time.

London: Printed for Longman,… .1819

8vo, pp. iv, 204, 4 engraved plates (3 large and folding, the first bound as a frontispiece and hand-coloured). Two tears in inner margin of one plate repaired. Modern boards as the original, uncut and largely unopened. Presentation copy, inscribed on a blank leaf before the title: “Robt Keate Esqre from his Friend, J.C. Carpue:”; then inscribed at the top of the title: “For St Georges Hospital library from R. Keate 1836”, and with the St. George’s stamp on the title and backs of the plates.

FIRST EDITION. G&M 4288. Carpue gives a history of both the lateral and the high operations, from a careful and methodical study of the literature. In the appendix he quotes everything that Franco (1556) wrote on the subject. He then gives an account of the high operation, which had become obsolete. “Carpue popularized suprapubic lithotomy, a procedure not often previously carried out” (G&M). The first plate shows a diagram of the operation, and the others are of instruments. Robert Keate (1777–1857) was the nephew of the surgeon Thomas Keate and surgeon to St. George’s Hospital in London for forty years.


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