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Field Book of Surgery Facsimile Edition

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The Field Book of Surgery is an important early modern German-language medical text published by Johannes Schott of Strasbourg in 1517. The text was compiled by Hans Gersdorff, an army surgeon, and was reprinted numerous times after this first edition. Gersdorff's manual is organized into four sections that focus on anatomy, phlebotomy and pathologies, dermatological conditions, and a set of glossaries. The book's twenty-nine woodcuts (of which nineteen survive in the Heidelberg copy) are valuable for their instructiveness in detailing surgical operations and the tools involved.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Field Book of Surgery": Feldtbüch der Wundtartzney facsimile edition, published by Editions Medicina Rara, 1971-1973

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Feldtbüch der Wundtartzney

Stuttgart: Editions Medicina Rara, 1971-1973

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  • Limited Edition: 2800 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Field Book of Surgery: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile edition was made from two copies of the Field Book of Surgery, with the copy in Heidelberg as the base. Missing plates of the Heidelberg copy have been supplied from a copy of the book in a private collection.

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