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FABRY VON HILDEN, Wilhelm (Fabricius Hildanus 1560–1634)

Wund-Artzney, gantzes Werck und aller Bücher, so viel deren vorhanden, welche theils vor diesem getruckt, theils anjetzo erst an das Tagliecht kommen. Mit einem vollkommenen Register aller denckwürden Sachen und Wörter Alle von dem Authore auffs new übersehen, an vielen Orthen so wohl mit Sendschreiben vortrefflicher Leut, als newen Warnehmungen, Exempeln und vielen raren Instrumenten vermehret: mit einem vollkommenen Register. Aus dem Lateinischen in das Teutsche übersetzt, durch Friderich Greiffen.
Hanaw, Getruckt bey Johann Aubry, Frankfurth am Mayn, In Verlegung Johann Beyers, 1652.

The very rare and valuable German edition of Fabry's von Hilden collected works printed in a small edition. Nils Rosén von Rosenstein's copy of the first Latin edition is also in the Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library, but this is the more valuable German edition, much rarer than the Latin one. “Während die lateinischen Schriften, zum Teil in einem schwer lesbaren Küchenlatein verfasst, wohlfeil angeboten werden, sind die deutschen Editionen selten und gesucht. Schon beim Erschienen war das Buch teuer” (Fritz-Dieter Söhn).  For centuries Wilhelm Fabry, born in Hilden, latinized Guilhelmus Fabricius Hildanus, remained one of the foremost surgical authorities not only in Germany and Switzerland but throughout a large part of Europe. He was no doubt the most famous German surgeon of the Renaissance and well deserves the title of “Father of German Surgery”. His Opera remained the Bible of German surgery up to the time of Lorenz Heister. Unfortunately the Thirty Years War delayed publication until after Fabry's death. The manuscript had been sent to the Publishers in Frankfurt a. M. already in October 1633. When the book eventually appeared in 1646 it contained c. 220 illustrations of which 200 are woodcuts. Fabry kept careful records of his observations. He also engaged in a vast correspondence and exchange of case histories with many prominent physicians and surgeons. The book contains his most important works, his surgical case-records, Observationum et curationum chirurgicarum (Garrison-Morton 2245), a collection of six hundred surgical observations and cures from Fabry’s wide and varied practice. They are remarkable for their completeness and wealth of detail and occupy over 800 pages of his book with many excellent illustrations. He showed that head injuries may cause insanity, extracted an iron splinter from the eye with magnet, explored the auditory canal with a speculum of his own invention. He reported a rhinoplasty performed by his own teacher Griffen, in 1592, before Tagliacozzi published his Chirurgia curtorum, based on word-of-mouth transmission for a few details from a patient of Tagliacozzi’s (p. 278). He was assisted in his work by his wife, an esteemed surgeon/obstetrician in her own right, who is credited with suggesting the use of the magnet in eye extractions. Other works include Fabry’s monograph on gangrene; he was the first to recommend amputation above the diseased part. In shutting off the circulation before amputation, he improvised a kind of tourniquet by means of a ligature tightened by a stick of wood.  Garrison-Morton for the separate works: 2142, 2245, 5570; Krivatsy, NLM 3846 (lacking pp 645-6); Garrison, History, 275-6; Ellis Jones,’The Life and Works of Guilhelmus Fabricius Hildanus (1560–1634)’ in Medical History, IV (1960), pp 112-134, 196-209; Latin edition: Hagelin, Rare and Important SLS, pp 46-49. Fritz Dieter Söhn, Marburg (2002).

Collation: Pp (28), 1336, (32) including the final blank leaf. Numerous fine woodcut illustrations in the text. Double columns. Title printed in red and black with fine printer’s device.

Binding: Contemporary vellum.

References: Garrison-Morton for the separate works: 2142, 2245, 5570; Krivatsy, NLM 3846 (lacking pp 645-6); Garrison, History, 275-6; Ellis Jones,’The Life and Works of Guilhelmus Fabricius Hildanus (1560–1634)’ in Medical History, IV (1960), pp 112-134, 196-209; Latin edition: Hagelin, Rare and Important SLS, pp 46-49. Fritz Dieter Söhn, Marburg (2002). Waller 2912.

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