Observations in Surgery...wherein not only the method of practice in difficult labours, but other distempers incident to the female sex are copiously enlarged on: among others, that of the descent of the womb...by J[ohn] S[parrow].
London: Printed for J. Hodges,… .1740
8vo, pp. (xvi), 289, (7). Contemporary calf, spine gilt, red morocco label, the label chipped, spine worn and wormed at the foot, slight damage to the leather on the sides, but a nice, fresh copy. Fine contemporary armorial bookplate on front pastedown.
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. “This is a valuable collection of cases, containing a description of the tourniquet (using that name) as applied at the Hôtel Dieu in 1688 in a case of successful ligation of the femoral [artery?] for a wound of that vessel. He refers to the pernicious atmosphere of the Hôtel Dieu and its effects on wounds, gives an interesting note on Frère Jacques, describes a case of dermoid cyst of the ovary and one of congenital absence of the penis, and gives details of some remarkable cases of lithotomy. It is a book worth having” (Billings, History and Literature of Surgery, p. 59). This was the only English edition and is scarce.