POTT, Percivall.

[1] A Treatise on Ruptures. London: C. Hitch and L. Hawes, 1756. [Bound with:] [2] An Account of a Particular Kind of Rupture, frequently attendant upon New-Born Children; and sometimes met with in adults; viz. that in which the intestine, or omentum, is found in the same cavity, and in contact with the testicle. London: C. Hitch and L. Hawes. 1757. [Bound with:] [3] Observations on that disorder of the corners of the eye, commonly called fistula lachrymalis.

London: C. Hitch and L. Hawes, .1758

3 works in 1 volume, 8vo, pp. xxx, 232, (4); vi [i.e. iv], 41; vii, 84. A little foxing on the first title, otherwise very good copies. Contemporary calf, rebacked, spine gilt, sides rubbed. Contemporary engraved bookplate of E. Pacifico; also of H.F. Norman, M.D.

[1] FIRST EDITION. G&M 3576. Pott’s first book: a classic study of hernia, and the most important book on the subject since the sixteenth century. Through a fall from his horse, Pott was confined to bed for many days, during which he wrote this, the first of a considerable number of important monographs. In it he refuted many of the old theories of hernia and its treatment, and gave the first description of congenital hernia. See Zimmerman & Veith pp. 324–327, emphasising Pott’s literary qualities, his enormous clinical experience, and the wealth of case reports, which “provide vivid insight into the customs, occupations, and pleasures of his day.” Lilly, Notable Medical Books, 121.[2] FIRST EDITION. “Description of cases of hernia where the intestine occupies the same cavity as the testicle” (Norman).[3] FIRST EDITION. “He gives a good description of the anatomy of the parts, and with regard to the treatment of lachrymal obstruction lays down three varieties of the disease...” (James, History of Ophthalmology in England). Not in the Becker catalogue. Norman catalogue 1729, 1730, and 1731 (these copies).


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