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Joseph Carpue on the High Operation for the Stone  

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A History of the High Operation for the Stone, by Incision Above the Pubis; With Observations on the Advantages Attending it and an Account of the Various Methods of Lithotomy, from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time.

Carpue, Joseph Constantine


Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown



iv, 204 pp. Three large folding plates, including the hand-colored frontispiece; one full page plate of surgical tools. (8vo) 21x13 cm (8¼x5¼") early half calf and boards, later rebacking, modern spine label. First Edition.

Scarce work on urological surgery for the removal of stones by the English physician Joseph Carpue, perhaps most distinguished for being the first to perform a rhinoplasty in England and as a pioneer in the experimental use of electricity in medicine. Heirs of Hippocrates describes the work as a recounting of Carpue's meeting with French physicians Percy and Souberbielle and "describes his demonstrations of the high operation for the stone on both a living subject and male and female cadavers. The remainder of the book is a history of lithotomy by both the perineal and suprapubic approaches..." The colored frontispiece depicts various stones, the remaining three plates depict various surgical tools. G&M 4288; Wellcome II, p. 304; Heirs of Hippocrates 1205; Waller 1780. Formerly in the collection of the Royal Medical Society, Edinburgh, sold at Sotheby's in 1969.

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Binding worn; stamps of the Royal Medical Society on the versos of all plates and offset to opposing pages, also on the title page verso and a few text leaves; plates offsetting onto themselves and with short closed tears at stubs; very good.

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