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    Obstetrics & Gynecology: A History and Iconography. Revised second edition. Special quarter leather binding. New copy in special binding. This book is now out of print. Less than 10 copies of the deluxe edition are available by Speert, Harold

    San Francisco: Norman Publishing, 1994. Second revised. New. Special quarter leather binding. The revised and corrected edition of Speert's classic pictorial history, originally issued in 1973. Drawing upon masterpieces of art, archeology and medicine throughout the ages, this work is the most complete pictorial record of the art and science of obstetrics and gynecology.



    The Obstetrician's Armamentarium: Historical Obstetric Instruments and their Inventors by Hibbard, Bryan

    San Francisco: Norman Publishing, 2000. With over 500 illustrations, The Obstetrician's Armamentarium traces the evolution of obstetric instruments from ancient times to the end of the nineteenth century in Britain, Europe, and America. Though there have been other histories of obstetrics and obstetric instruments, these have concentrated mainly on forceps and their development ,and have not been extensively illustrated. The Obstetrician's Armamentarium is a survey of all types of obstetric instruments and contains definitive assessments of the different instruments and the procedures for which they are used, including forceps, extractors, fillets, tractors, levers, and pelvimeters, and analyzes their usefulness or lack thereof. There are also detailed discussions of the variety in blade length, handles, and articulations for numerous instruments. No other work available matches the scope of instruments discussed and the accompanying analyses. In addition, biographical sketches are given of the most influential figures in the field of obstetrics, including the Chamberlen Family, William Smellie, Andr√© Levret, James Young Simpson, David Davis, and √Čtienne Tarnier. This work will appeal to anyone interested in the history of obstetrics and obstetric instruments and will also be useful to instrument collectors for identification purposes. It is a truly monumental contribution to the history of obstetrics. 324 pages. 502 illustrations. Cloth, dust jacket, acid-free paper. 8 1/2" 11




    Worcester, MA: Isaiah Thomas, 1794. First Isaiah Thomas Edition. Hardcover. Occasional foxing or staining, but generally clean in a Fine, handsome binding. Octavo (5" x 8-1/8") bound in recent full calf leather with gilt decoration to the boards and spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers; 302 pages. Complete with the original endpapers. First published in Edinburgh in 1784 and in America in Philadelphia in 1790, the Isaiah Thomas edition is fairly scarce. Austin 862; Evans 27084; Heirs of Hippocrates 652: "Hamilton was the first to distinguish and describe uterine and vaginal discharge and he promoted the concept of the perineum as supporting the pelvic structure.... The American edition of his later publication, TREATISE ON THE MANAGEMENT OF FEMALE COMPLAINTS (1793), is the first American publication devoted to the subject of gynecology."



    Fuei shinsetsu [trans.: Manual of Gynecology, Obstetrics, and the Nursing Care of the Newborn] by HOBSON, Benjamin

    Many woodcut illus. in the text. In Chinese with Japanese reading marks. 47; 27 folding leaves. Two vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (Vol. II with some minor marginal worming), new stitching. Kyoto: 1859. First edition to be published in Japan of a quite fascinating book. Hobson (1816-73), after studying medicine at University College, London, served with the London Missionary Society in China. Hobson arrived in Macao in 1839 and spent about twenty years in China in hospitals in Macao, Hong Kong, Canton and Shanghai. He was a pioneer in proposing the establishment of a medical school in Hong Kong for Chinese students and wrote many books, including an English/Chinese medical dictionary. A serious student of the Chinese language, Hobson also wrote in Chinese a series of four original medical books with two Chinese collaborators: Outline of Anatomy and Physiology (Quanti xin lun, 1850), First Lines of the Practice of Surgery in the West (Xiyi lüelun, 1857), Practice of Medicine and Materia Medica (Neike xinshuo, 1858), and the present work (1858). These books were not translations of individual European medical works but entirely new and unique distillations of what Hobson considered to be the best in Western medicine. They were widely used within the Chinese missionary medical schools for the rest of the century. Their immediate success caused the present work to be quickly published in Japan as well. A copy had been presented by one of Hobson's Chinese assistants to the Japanese publisher Fukuchi who added the Japanese reading marks and issued it in Tokyo for the Japanese market in 1859. Vol. I deals with conception, pregnancy, and birth. The second volume is concerned with pediatric medicine. The fine woodcuts depict many views of the pelvic girdle, the fetus in utero, and birth positions. Fine set.


    AUD $175.00

    Caesarean Section The History and Development of the Operation from Earliest Times by Young, J. H

    London: H.K. Lewis. 1944. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition. No dustjacket. Some minor rubbing to boards. A couple of pages have some faint annotations and professionally repaired small tears to edge. Foreword by Miles H. Phillips. 254 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.



    Obstetric Surgery. by GRANDIN, Egbert H.; George W. JARMAN

    Philadelphia:: F. A. Davis; London: F. J. Rebman, 1895., 1895. 8vo. ix, 207 pp. 84 figs., 15 plates, index. Original textured maroon blind and gilt-stamped cloth; rubbed, rear joint starting, rear hinge reinforced with Kozo strip. Very good.

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