DEL PARTO PER LA SPALLA. by LAZZATI, Pietro.

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Discussing difficult foetal shoulder presentations

DEL PARTO PER LA SPALLA. Memoria con osservzione pratica e figure. Milano, Presson la Soieta per la pubblicazione degli annali universali delle scienze e dell’ industria. Nella Galleria De-Cristoforis.

1867. 8vo, pp. 80; with folding tinted lithograph plate; title-page and final leaf somewhat browned and foxed, with occasional light foxing throughout, and some faint dampstaining affecting upper corner of final few leaves; uncut, in later plain brown paper wrappers, with old repair at upper margin of rear cover, covers a little creased with some minor edgewear; with the ex-libris stamp of Dr Ivo Confontini on title-page. Uncommon first separate edition of this obstetrical memoir discussing abnormal shoulder foetal presentations, the work of the Director of the Milan School of Obstetrics, Pietro Lazzati (1813-1871). As Lazzati notes in his preface, the aim of the monograph was not to offer a complete survey of this type of birth. He was prompted to write having experienced a rather singular case, which led him to resort to a special operating procedure to free the woman and child during labour. He hopes that the case history will provide some practical and useful advice, in particular for young obstetricians, so that they may know how to proceed in similar cases of shoulder delivery, which he notes are ‘quite frequent, sometimes embarrassing, and very often difficult’ (p. 4). He accompanies his discussion with a folding lithograph plate, printed in purple, illustrated with 10 small figures depicting different shoulder presentations and positions.
The work was first published in the Annuli Universali di Medicina Vol CII in October 1867. Lazzati was Director from 1863 until his death in 1871, and had a statute erected in his honour.

Bibliography: OCLC locates only two copies at the NYAM, and Padova.

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