Traité de la gangrène.

Paris, Veuve d’Houry, 1771.

12mo, pp. [viii], 507, [1 blank]; very occasional light spotting, small hole at head of title touching one letter, small holes to heads of a few other leaves (not touching text); a good copy in contemporary mottled calf, spine in compartments with gilt decoration and red morocco lettering-piece, red edges, marbled endpapers; small wormtrack to upper joint, a little wear to head and foot of spine and to corners, some abrasions to covers.


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Third edition. Quesnay (1694-1774) assesses the problem of gangrene with detailed observations on the causes, symptoms and cures for dry and wet gangrene. He established his reputation in political and academic circles for his medical work, becoming physician to Louis XV in the 1740s. His first medical book, published in 1727, was the first of many that led to him being credited with having been influential in elevating the status of surgery to a medical science (in 1743 the King decreed that surgeons were to be considered separate from barbers).

In 1751 he was elected to the Academié des Sciences where he became acquainted with the philosophes and developed his interest in economics. His earlier medical works displayed the same level of attention to detail, logical presentation of material and persuasiveness as his later economic works.

Blake p. 368; INED Quesnay p. 314.

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