LE DRAN, Henri-François.
Traité des Operations de Chirurgie.
Paris: Chez Charles Osmont,... .1742
8vo, pp. (viii), 570 [i.e. 580], (2) privilege, 1 folding engraved plate. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label. Paper a little browned, chip in head of spine, foot of spine and tips of corners worn.
FIRST EDITION of a standard French surgical text of the eighteenth century. Le Dran was one of France’s foremost surgeons, and a celebrated teacher with many pupils from Germany, including Haller. In 1724 he was appointed one of the four surgeons of the Charité, establishing an anatomical school there, and in the 1730s served as chief surgeon to the army, publishing an important book on gunshot wounds. He made notable contributions to the operation of lithotomy, included in this book, which also includes chapters on hernia, head injury, cancer, hare lip, etc.