KRIEGSCHIRURGISCHE ERFAHRUNGEN AUS DEM SÜDAFRIKANISCHEN KRIEGE. 1899/1900. Mit 13 abbildungen im text und dreizehn tafeln. Tübingen, Verlag der H. Laupp’schen Buchhandlung. 1900.
1900. 8vo, pp. iv, 116, with 13 photographic plates depicting x-rays, two of which are folding, retaining original tissue guards, and with a number of text illustrations and half-tones; with the emblem of the Red Cross on title-page; prominent library stamp on both recto and verso of title-page, some occasional light foxing and marginal browning; Uncommon first separate edition of this detailed study, first published in Volume XXVIII, Heft 3 of the Beiträgen zur Klinischen Chirurgie, on the use of Roentgen or x-rays in military medicine, Küttner’s second publication on the subject, and an early contribution to the corpus of literature on the military applications of this recent and pioneering discovery.
Almost as soon as news of Roentgen’s discovery broke at the beginning of 1896, physicists across Europe began their on work on developing methods of radiography. In terms of battlefield medicine, though the Italian Lieutenant-Colonel Guiseppe Alvara had published the first documented use of x-rays in military medicine in 1896 in the Giornale Medico del Regio Esercito recounting his experience with identifying bullets in the Italian campaign in Ethopia, x-rays were first used in the field, during the Greco-Turkish War of 1897. This gave a number of pioneers the opportunity to test out the usefulness of radiography close to the front line. The physician Hermann Küttner, from Tübingen University Hospital, was sent by the German Red Cross to Constantinople with x-ray apparatus, where he worked at a hospital. A mobile unit was set up by the British in Athens, under the charge of Francis Charles Abbott, a surgeon at St Thomas’s Hospital in London. Both ultimately published their findings: Küttner in Vol 10 of the Beiträgen zur Klinischen Chirurgie, (1898), and Abbott in the Lancet, in two issues, those of January 14th and 21st of 1899.
In this his second work, Küttner discusses the work of the German Red Cross during the Second Boer War, and the applications of x-rays. The work includes 13 photographic plates depicting x-ray images showing fractures, breaks and bullet injuries.
Condition: contemporary brown cloth backed red morocco boards, with printed label and manuscript accession label on spine, head and tail of spine very lightly bumped and rubbed, slight scuffing to surfaces, extremities lightly bumped; a good copy.