DUVERNEY, [Guichard Joseph].
Traité des Maladies des Os.
Paris: de Bure, l'Ainé,... .1751
2 volumes, 12mo, pp. cciv, 454; (iv), 541, (3). Contemporary sprinkled calf, spines gilt, red and black morocco labels. Old library stamp on titles and last text pages, bindings a little rubbed and upper joint of vol. 2 cracking, but a nice set.
FIRST EDITION. One of the first books to deal comprehensively and exclusively with the diseases of bones; it ranks with Petit’s earlier work on the same subject as the most influential of these early orthopaedic books. It was written before Andry’s L’Orthopédie, but was published nine years after it. Duverney subscribed to the theory that club-foot was caused by an imbalance in the muscles of the foot and ankle. Like all of Duverney’s works except that on the ear for which he is most famous, this work was published posthumously, edited by J.B. Sénac. Bick, Source book, 81. Valentin, Geschichte der Orthopädie, 79.
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