ON EMPYEMA

Thèse de chirurgie, sur l’opération de l’empyeme, dédiée à messieurs les capitouls. Soutenue sous la présidence de M. Becane, professeur en chirurgie, par M. Fraissines, ancien premier chirurgien de l’hôpital Saint-Eloi de Montpellier ... aux écoles de chirurgie, près les Pénitens bleus le [27] du mois de [May] à [deux heures après midy]. 

Toulouse, de l’imprimerie de la veuve de J.F. Desclassan, [1780].

4to, pp. [4], 46, [2 (errata, blank)]; date the thèse was delivered completed in manuscript on title; woodcut arms of Toulouse to title, woodcut head-piece by Gritner; a few small spots, a little creasing; very good in contemporary mottled calf, gilt border to covers, spine richly gilt, gilt lettering-piece to upper cover, red edges, marbled endpapers; light wear to extremities.

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Thèse de chirurgie, sur l’opération de l’empyeme, dédiée à messieurs les capitouls. Soutenue sous la présidence de M. Becane, professeur en chirurgie, par M. Fraissines, ancien premier chirurgien de l’hôpital Saint-Eloi de Montpellier ... aux écoles de chirurgie, près les Pénitens bleus le [27] du mois de [May] à [deux heures après midy]. 

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Very rare thesis on empyema thoracis (infection of the pleural cavity) by Dr Fraissines, first surgeon at Saint-Eloi hospital in Montpellier and a member of the city’s Société Royale des Sciences. Identified by Hippocrates, pleural infection remains a severe disease with a significant mortality in adult patients.

Following an initial description of the thorax and respiration, Fraissines examines chest wounds and their treatment in general, before detailing his recommended surgical procedure for draining the pleural cavity. He refers to several cases he treated in wounded soldiers, also giving consideration to non-surgical treatments, and ends with dietary advice for patients.

The title is completed in manuscript, recording that Fraissines delivered his thesis in public on 27 May 1780 at two o’clock in the afternoon.

OCLC finds only one copy, at the University of Toulouse.

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