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John Abernethy - bibliography

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English anatomist, physiologist, and surgeon, born April 3, 1764, London; died April 28, 1831, Enfield.


  • Account of two instances of uncommon formation in the viscera of the human body. 1793.
  • Surgical and physiological essays. 1793.
  • Some particulars in the anatomy of the whale. 1796.
  • Surgical observations, containing a classification of tumours with cases to illustrate the history of each species, an account of diseases which strikingly resemble the venereal disease, and various cases illustrative of different surgical subjects. Volume I, 1804 (2 volumes).
  • Surgical observations, part the second: containing, an account of the disorders of the health in general, and of the digestive organs in particular, which accompany local disease, and obstruct their cure: - observations on diseases of the urethra, particularly of that part which is surrounded by the prostate gland, and, observations relative to the treatment of one species of the naevi materni.
    Volume II. 245 pages. London, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1806. New and expanded edition, London, 1811.
  • Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and Treatment of Local Diseases.
    London, Longman, 1809.
  • Surgical observations.
    2 volumes. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809-1810.
    Contains two publications:
    Surgical Observations on the Constitutional Origin and
    Treatment of Local Diseases, and On Aneurysms and Surgical Observations on Diseases Resembling Syphilis.
    Appeared in numerous editions up to 1831.
    In volume 1, pp. 234-292 is recorded the first successful ligation of the external iliac artery for aneurysm. An operation carried out by Abernethy in 1796.
  • An enquiry into the probability and rationality of Mr. Hunter’s theory of life; being the subject of the first two anatomical lectures delivered before the Royal College os Surgeons.
    136 pp. Longman, Longman, Hurst and others, 1814-1815.
    With a second title page: ”Introductory lectures exhibiting some of Mr. Hunter’s opinions,” etc.
  • Lectures on anatomy, surgery and pathology, including observations on the nature and treatment of local diseases: delivered at St. Bartholomew's Hospital.
    2 volumes, London 1828. Boston, Benjamin Perkins & Co., 1828. 402 pages.
  • Lectures on the theory and practice of surgery.
    London, 1830. New York, C. S. Francis, 1830. 402 pages.
  • Surgical and physiological works.
    4 volumes, London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, 1830.
    Volume 1: On the constitutional origin and treatment of local diseases, aneurysms, diseases resembling syphilis, and diseases of the urethra.
    Volume 2: On injuries of the head, tumors, lumbar abscesses, and miscellaneous subjects.
    Volume 3: Lectures on surgery.
    Volume 4: Physiological lectures.
  • Abernethy’s family physician, or, ready prescriber in cases of illness or accident, where medical attendance is not desired or cannot be procured. Containing the causes, symptoms and treatment of diseases, the proper remedies in burns, contusion, poisoning, and all varieties of physical casualties. Forming a complete guide to the retention and recovery of health.
    [2nd American edition] revised and enlarged by H. Bostwick. 132 pages. New York, Stringer & Townsend, 1849.
  • The new family physician, and guide to health and long life.
    215 pages. London, Joseph Smith,, [n. d.]

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