A SYSTEM OF SURGERY. EXTRACTED FROM THE WORKS OF BENJAMIN BELL, OF EDINBURGH: BY NICHOLAS B. WATERS, M.D. FELLOW OF THE COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF PHILADELPHIA, AND ONE OF THE PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS TO THE PHILADELPHIA DISPENSARY. ILLUSTRATED WITH NOTES AND COPPERPLATES.

Philadelphia: Printed by T. Dobson, 1791. viii, 570, xxix, [1] pp. Contemporary calf [spine repair]. Light to moderate scattered foxing. Twelve folding plates. Good+.

"Bell studied under the Munros at Edinburgh. He was surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh for 29 years. He improved the methods of amputation, introducing the 'triple incision of Bell.'" [Garrison & Morton 5579] This "is his best work." [Id.]
The Preface explains the book's purpose: to provide "a selection of the more essential parts of Mr. Bell's work," which in its unabridged form is "extended to so great a length, as to be not only expensive, but exceedingly inconvenient." Waters has taken care that "nothing useful, immediately relating to surgery, should be omitted." The plates, which appear in the Appendix along with a complete text explanation of each, were engraved by James Trenchard. They depict various surgical instruments.
Evans 23170. Austin 171. Item #12749

Price: $750.00

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