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18TH CENTURY TREATISE ON LEAD PREPARATIONS AS TREATMENT FOR VARIOUS AILMENTS. 6 1/2 inches tall recent brown buckram binding, viii, 231 pages, gilt title on spine, new endpapers, title page browned and repaired with tape, remaining pages lightly foxed, otherwise very good. THOMAS GOULARD (1697-1784) was a French surgeon famous for Goulard's extract, a solution of lead acetate and lead oxide. REVIEW of TREATISE ON LEAD by J. H. Thompson, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine, 31:27-31, 1938: 'Thomas Goulard was demonstrator of anatomy and surgery, and later chirurgienmajor, at the Military Hospital at Montpellier. In 1766 he published his Treatise on Lead, and the same year a work venereal disease with a special part devoted to maladies of the urethra including enlarged prostate. No remedy, he thinks, deserves a higher rank than lead, whose general virtues, as well as preparations, he admits have been known for many years past. He became convinced by his own experience and observation, in the course of many years' practice, that the Extract ot Saturn was much wanted in surgery. After observations made during twenty years' practice he is convinced that the Extract of Saturn is the true specific for the treatment of all external inflammations. He mentions erysipelas, or St. Anthony's fire, among the different inflammations. After extolling the advantages of lead in these and other conditions, he concludes by asserting that there is not to be found, among all the chirurgical preparations, a medicine more adapted than Extract of Saturn, for subduing external inflammations. Mercury he dismisses as a heating and searching remedy, while sulphur is 'neither so agreeable nor convenient a medicine as one could wish.' Lead, however, he maintains, has every advantage over the other two, and is so inoffensive that no exception can be taken to its use. To show how pleased the military authorities were with the treatment of the itch by lead, Dr. Goulard gives in' full certain observations made by order of the Minister, in the hospitals of Arras and Bethune, where more than 2,000 soldiers were treated by Extract of Saturn. The last two conditions which Dr. Goulard mentions are ruptures and piles, and again it will be noticed that he does not once give the more scientific names.'
Title: A Treatise on the Effects and Various Preparations of Lead, Particularly of the Extract of Saturn, for Different Chirugical Disorders Translated from the French of Mr. Goulard Surgeon-Major to the Royal and Military Hospital at Montpellier, with remarks by G. Arnaud, M.D., and a Table exhibiting the difference between English and French weights
Edition: New edition
Location Published: London, P. Elmsley: 1777
Categories: Surgery, Lead, Lead, Toxicology
Seller ID: 111
Keywords: anatomy, lead, medicine, society, surgery, therapy