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(TAGLIACOZZI, Gaspare.) READ (or REID), Alexander.

Chirurgorum comes: or the Whole Practice of Chirurgery.

Begun by the learned Dr. Read; Continued and Completed By a Member of the College of Physicians in London.

London, by Edw. Jones, for Christopher Wilkinson, 1687 Stock Code: 137136

Plastic surgery and forensic science

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First edition, a work notable for containing the first translation into English of Tagliacozzi's pioneering work on plastic surgery. "The practice of chirurgery. Part IV. Book VIII. Of supplying defects in the body", pages 645-704, is a summary of Book 2 of Gaspare Tagliacozzi's De curtorum chirurgia per insitionem, first published in Venice in 1597 (see Garrison & Morton 5734). "Tagliacozzi of Bologna became famous for his work on rhinoplasty, but Paré amd Fallopius both abused him and his work, and the Church (which regarded such operations as meddling with the work of God) exhumed his body and reburied it in unconsecrated ground" (G&M).
The anatomist and surgeon Alexander Reid (c.15701641) graduated from King's College, Aberdeen, by 1600 and next travelled and studied on the continent. By 1609 he had returned to Britain and was practising surgery in the English midlands and Welsh borders. In 1616 Reid published his first work, A Description of the Body of Man, which was printed in London. On 29 May 1620 he was created doctor of medicine at the University of Oxford. In 1624 he was made a fellow of the College of Physicians and was incorporated at Cambridge University. For three years from the end of 1632 he gave an anatomy lecture every Tuesday in the BarberSurgeons' Hall, London, and subsequently published his lectures under the titles The Chirurgicall Lectures of Tumors and Ulcers (1635) and A Treatise of the First Part of Chirurgerie (1638). He died in mid-October 1641.
Reid's main concern in his written works was to provide clear introductory explanations for newly qualified and student anatomists, making available to them, in English, the standard works of such writers as Bauhin and Paré. The anonymous editor of this posthumous collection continued in a similar vein. "An appendix concerning chirurgeon-reports before a magistrate, upon their view of a wounded person", pp. 415-473, is a summary of Fortunato Fidele's De relationibus medicorum, published in Palermo in 1602, and appears to be the first published account in English of forensic medicine. "Chapt. XLII. Of lithotomy, or cutting for the stone", pp. 626-643, is a translation of Joannes Groeneveld's Dissertatio lithologica, published in London in 1684 and 1687. A second edition was published in 1696.

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Octavo (186 x 117 mm). Contemporary panelled calf, red morocco label supplied to style, red sprinkled edges.


Engraved plate of surgical instruments facing p. 1, text printed in double column.


Collector's book label with monogram GOM. Rubbed, old repair to foot of front joint, the paper clean and fresh, a very good copy.


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