Publisher Information: London: 1831.
Heurteloup, Charles L. S., Baron (1793-1864). Autograph letter signed to an unidentified correspondent. London, 7 September 1831. 1 page. 219 x 185 mm. Traces of former mounting present, but very good.
From the inventor of the "perce-pierre" lithotrite for crushing stones in the bladder (see Garrison-Morton 4290), presenting a copy of his Cases of Lithotrity, or Examples of the Stone Cured without Incision (1831) to the president and members of the Royal College of Surgeons, to whom he had dedicated the work. The operation of lithotrity, in which an instrument is inserted into the bladder through the urethra to pulverize bladder calculi, marks the beginning of minimally invasive surgery. The operation was introduced by Jean Civiale in 1826, but Heurteloup's method was superior. He moved to London in 1829, and was the first to perform lithotrity in Great Britain. Ellis, History of Surgery, p. 192.Book Id: 32469