Publisher Information: Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. Larrey, Dominque Jean, Baron (1766-1842). Surgical memoirs of the campaigns of Russia, Germany, and France. . . . Translated from the French by John C. Mercer. 8vo. xi, , 293pp. 5 engraved plates (1 folding), numbered 2-6 as usual. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832. 215 x 136 mm. Boards ca. 1832, a little rubbed, rebacked in cloth. Moderate browning, occasional foxing and soiling. Very good copy. Willard Parker's copy, with his signature, dated 1836, on front pastedown. Book Id: 33640
First Edition in English of the fourth volume of Larrey's Memoires de chirurgie militaire, et campagnes (1817); the first three volumes (orig. ed. 1812) were translated into English by R. W. Hall in 1814. Larrey was the greatest military surgeon in history. He invented the "flying ambulance" for removing wounded soldiers from the battlefield, performed some of the first amputations at the hip-joint, gave the first descriptions of trench-foot and the therapeutic effects of maggots on wounds, and invented several surgical operations. He was also the first to observe the contagiousness of trachoma, a disease encountered by Napoleon's army shortly after its successful invasion of Egypt in 1798. This copy was once owned by American surgeon Willard Parker (1800-1884), one of the founders of New York's Bellevue Hospital and the driving force behind the creation of the New York Board of Health.