Method of Performing Several Operations in Surgery

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  • Reference
      GB 133 MMM/23/1/4
  • Dates of Creation
      n.d. [ca. 1723-1764]
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description
      1 volume, 154 folios Front board has come away

Scope and Content

The title page reads 'An Account of the Method of Performing the Several Operations in Surgery Taken from the Lectures of Mr Alexander Monro Professor of Anatomy in the University of Edinburgh and Fellow of the Royal Society'. The contents are not divided into individual lectures but rather are arranged by surgical procedure, which are all clearly headed throughout and have the original pagination pp.1-296.

The different procedures described, in the order they appear, are as follows: lithotomy (pp.1-7), amputation (pp.8-31), paracentesis (pp.32-53), gastroraphia (pp.54-80), hernias (pp.81-97), hydrocele (pp.98-102), castration (pp.103-108), phimosis (pp.109-114), paraphimosis (pp.115-117), fistula in ano [rectal fistula] (pp.119-126), empyema (pp.127-138), extirpation of a cancerous breast or any other scirrhous or cancerous tumour in any part of the body (pp.139-147), blood-letting in the neck (pp.148-157), bronchotomy (pp.158-164), drawing teeth (pp.165-180), harelip [cleft lip] (pp.181-184), opening the amygdala if they be suppurated or scarifying them to let out blood (pp.185-188), polypus [polyps] and the method of extirpation (pp.189-194), fistula lachrymalis [lacrimal fistula] (pp.195-208), couching for the cataract (pp.209-224), the trepan [trephining] (pp.225-232), cupping (pp.233-242), artificial fontanels (pp.242-260), setons (pp.261-262), sutures (pp.263-270), blood-letting in the arm (pp.271-279), aneurysms (pp.280-294), and panaris or paronychia (pp.295-296).

Administrative / Biographical History

See entry MMM/15/2/3 for biographical information about Monro primus.