Relation historique et chirurgicale de l'expedition de l'armee d'orient, en Egypte et en Syrie

Paris: Demonville et Soeurs, 1803. First edition, 8vo, pp. 10, [errata leaf], 480; lacking the frontispiece and plates; contemporary full calf, speckled edges, marbled endpapers; boards worn and toned, joints starting, pages 61-62 duplicated in lieu of 63-64, lacking lower flyleaf, good and sound. The copy from the library of Edward Cutbush, with his armorial bookplate on pastedown, and 5 marginal notes, plus a later note on halftitle describing Cutbush's career, and some later marginalia in pencil. "Larrey was the greatest military surgeon in history. Of him Napoleon said: 'C'est l'home le plus verteux que j'ai connu'...Larrey was one of the first to amputate at the hip-joint, the first to describe the therapeutic effect of maggots on wounds, gave the first description of 'trench foot,'...and devised several new operations" (GM 2160, in describing Larrey's Mémoires de chirurgie militaire of 1812-17). Edward Cutbush was a contemporary of Larrey's. He served as Hospital Surgeon during the Whiskey Rebellion and was Surgeon General of Pennsylvania. He published Observations on the means of preserving the health of sailors and soldiers in 1808, and is has been called the father of American naval medicine. His annotations are mostly comments on his own experience with treatments described within the text. ("It is astonishing that [?] was not thought of, these I have used at Syracuse with effect."). Item #58672

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