Publisher Information: Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1880.
Billroth, [Christian Albert] Theodor (1829-94). Die Krankheiten der Brustdrüsen. Deutsche Chirurgie, Lieferung 41. x, , 168pp. 8 chromolithograph plates, text illustrations. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1880. 256 x 168 mm. Original printed wrappers, tears in spine expertly repaired, spine and corners a bit darkened, edges a bit frayed; preserved in a cloth drop-back box. Minor foxing in the plates, but very good. With Billroth’s autograph signature on the title: “Dr. Th. Billroth / Wien April 1880.”
First Edition of Billroth’s classic monograph on breast cancer and other diseases of the mammary glands. Signed copies of Billroth’s works are rare; this is the first one we have handled in our five decades in the trade. The way that this copy was signed and dated suggested that this was Billroth's personal copy rather than a copy that he signed for someone else.
Die Krankheiten der Brustdrüsen appears to be an expanded version of Billroth’s Die Krankheiten der weiblichen Brustdrüsen [Diseases of the female mammary glands], which was published as Vol. III, part 10 of Handbuch der Frauenkrankheiten (1880); the expanded Krankheiten der Brustdrüsen adds a final chapter on male breast cancer. The work is also significant in the history of plastic and reconstructive surgery; see Gabka & Vaubel, Plastic Surgery Past and Present, p. 136. Billroth, professor of surgery at Zürich and Vienna, was the founder of the Vienna School of Surgery. He has also been called the founder of modern abdominal surgery, and he was one of the first to introduce antisepsis into the Continental operating room. He was instrumental in establishing the first modern school of thought in surgery, using statistical methods and analyzing his failures as well as his successes. Billroth’s disciples helped to spread his teachings throughout Europe, and his methods of surgical education had a great influence on William Halsted’s pioneering surgical residency program at Johns Hopkins. Garrison-Morton.com 5773.Book Id: 44206