Astley Cooper (1844) A Treatise on Dislocations and Fractures of the Joints


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Astley Cooper. A Treatise on Dislocations and Fractures of the Joints: A New Edition, Much Enlarged with Additional Observations and a Memoir of the Author. Cooper, Bransby B. ed. (Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1844)

Octavo. xliii, 499 pages. frontispiece, illustrated. Hardbound in speckeled-calf covered boards.  Garrison-Morton 4412.1 shows the first edition, this is from the fifth edition.

Condition: Good. First several pages, up to the frontispiece, and rear endpapers show some edge scorching apparently from an acidic paste used on the leather cover or the pastedown. spine cracked in a couple locations however binding is solid. Cover shows signs of polishing with less than professional results. Spine is without label. Hinges solid. Foxing on several pages including frontispiece and title page.

“SIR ASTLEY COOPER’s Treatise on Dislocations and Fractures of the Joints was the English classic until the American surgeons introduced manipulation in place of pulleys and until the whole subject was revolutionized, first by the discovery of X-rays and afterwards by the enormous experience gained during the European War.

“The book… illustrated with thirty plates, first appeared in and is dedicated in a grateful preface to the students Of St. Thomas’s and Guy’s Hospitals. It ran through ten editions and was published at the price, of £1 11s. 6d. It is still worth reading, partly for the detailed accounts of the cases it contains and partly because it recalls the difficulties which surgeons experienced at a time when anæsthcsia was unknown.” – Sir D’Arcy Power, Epoch-Making Books in British Surgery, British Journal of Surgery April 193o.

Sir Astley Paston Cooper, (August 23, 1768 – February 12, 1841) 1st Baronet FRS was an English surgeon and anatomist, who made historical contributions to otology, vascular surgery, the anatomy and pathology of the mammary glands and testicles, and the pathology and surgery of hernia” – Wikipedia