"The first surgical work by an American and printed in North America": John Jones' Plain Concise Practical Remarks, on the Treatment of Wounds and Fractures
Plain Concise Practical Remarks, on the Treatment of Wounds and Fractures.
Item Number: 91322
Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1776.
Exceptionally rare edition of the first surgical work by an American and printed in North America. Octavo, bound in nineteenth century three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, frontispiece. Jones’ work was the accepted guide to surgical practice during the American Revolutionary War” G&M 2155; Austin 1843; Evans 15100 and 14814; Sabin 94063 and 36524. In near fine condition.
Although Jones was born in America and brought up in a family of medical doctors, he was trained as a surgeon in France by some of the leading physicians in the world, including Percivall Pott, one of the founders of the study of orthopedics. His doctoral thesis , On the Observation of Wounds, would later develop into this seminal surgical text and the very first treatise on surgery to be printed in North America. Jones was also integral in establishing the medical school that would later become Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he was appointed as the very first professor of surgery in the Americas.