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LIZARS (John). A System of Anatomical Plates of the Human Body; Accompanied with Descriptions, Physiological, Pathological & Surgical Observations.1822

Edinburgh: Printed for Daniel Lizards, First edition, 2 vols., 8vo text volume (230 x 145 mm) consisting of 12 parts each with a separate title and pagination, folio atlas volume (455 x 280 mm) containing an engraved title, dedication leaf and 4 page table of contents followed by 101 lithographed plates (of which 15 are hand-coloured), all plates bright and clean, both in orig. pink cloth, faded, label to spines, folio atlas re-cased, uncut, a nice set of this most important work, the text volume being particularly rare. "This superb atlas is certainly one of the most elegant works of the nineteenth century. The 101 lithographs were drawn by the author and his brother, William Home Lizars (1788-1859), from the author's dissections. Lizars was a pupil of John Bell and served as a naval surgeon before becoming professor of surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. Lizars developed a great reputation as a teacher and was also a bold and forthright surgeon. He made a number of original contributions, was a pioneer in performing ovariotomies in Europe, and he clearly demonstrated the value of abdominal exploration as a diagnostic procedure. However, he was somewhat ahead of his time and received criticism for exploring new surgical techniques, although later many of his new techniques became widely accepted. Lizars possessed great talent but his potential was never fully realized perhaps because of a continuing feud with another prominent surgeon of his day—James Syme. Lizars was an active writer and prepared many papers on such subjects as hernia, lithotomy, and hemorrhoids."—Heirs of Hippocrates. Cushing, L313; Waller, 5950; Wellcome III, p. 531; Heirs of Hippocrates, 1436.

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