Publisher Information: Frankfurt: Joannes Feyrabend, 1594.
Paré, Ambroise (1510? – 1590). Opera chirurgica . . . Folio. , 851, pp. 317 woodcuts in the text, including portrait of Paré aged 68 on the verso of leaf (:)4. Title in red and black. Frankfurt: Apud Joannem Feyrabend, impensis Petri Fischeri, 1594. 334 x 214 mm. Old calf, rebacked, new cloth ties, light wear at corners; preserved in a drop-back box. Very good, clean copy. Early ownership signature (illegible), dated 1600, on title. Bookplate and ownership stamps of Juan Carlos Ahumada (1890-1976), professor of gynecology at the University of Buenos Aires.
Third Latin edition. Paré’s collected works, first published in French in 1575, represent the greatest and most influential book in Renaissance surgery, and the first original surgical writing in Europe since the Middle Ages. Paré’s innovations in treatment are extraordinarily comprehensive, ranging from his opposition to boiling oil in gunshot wounds and ligature instead of cautery in amputations to his revival of podalic version in obstetrics. He popularized the truss in hernia, and ushered in the modern age of prostheses and brace making, using armorers, whose trade was disappearing with the advent of gunpowder, to manufacture his devices. “Paré used rope and windlass traction for femoral fractures and was able to distinguish hip dislocation from fracture of the femoral neck. He confirmed the cord compression in vertebral fractures that had been recognized by the Egyptians and Hippocrates . . . Paré used appliances and methods rather like those of Hippocrates for reducing hip and shoulder dislocations, and one or two special to himself. He describes displacement of the ‘appendices’ (i.e. epiphyses) of the long bones, to be restored if deformity is to be avoided, and reduced neck dislocations by manipulation and traction . . . ” (Le Vay, History of Orthopedics, pp. 224-25; also 222-230). Paré anticipated Andry in pointing out the role of bad posture in scoliosis, was the first to use corsets to correct spinal deformities, and invented boots for clubfoot. His surgical and orthopedic devices are amply illustrated in the present edition of his work, which contains over 300 fine woodcut illustrations. This copy was once owned by Argentinian gynecologist Juan Carlos Ahumada, after whom Ahumada-del Castillo syndrome is named. Doe 48.Book Id: 43655