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Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1st baronet - bibliography

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English surgeon and anatomist, born August 23, 1768, Brooke, Norfolk; died February 12, 1841, London.


  • A case of strangulated hernia, in which a part of the abdominal viscera was protruded into the left cavity of the chest.
    Medical Records and Researches, selected from the papers of a Private Medical Association. London, 1798.
  • Three instances of obstruction of the thoracic duct, with some experiments showing the effects of tying that vessel.
    Medical Records and Researches, selected from the papers of a Private Medical Association. London, 1798, 1801.
  • Farther observations on the effects which take place from the destruction of the membrana tympani of the ear; with an account of an operation for the removal of a particular species of deafness.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1891, 91: 435-450.
    Sir Astley Cooper reported three cases of Eustachian obstruction deafness relieved by perforation of the membrana tympani (myringotomy), an operation first performed by Eli, a quack, in 1760. Cooper’s earlier paper on the subject appeared in volume 90 of the Philosophical Transactions. He also demonstrated air and bone conduction by watch (precursor of Rinne’s test). For this work he received the Copley Medal.
  • Observations on inguinal and congenital hernia.
    London, 1803.
  • The anatomy and surgical treatment of inguinal and congenital hernia.
    London, Cox, 1804; 2nd edition with supplements by C. Aston Key, 2 volumes, London, 1827, 1828; German translation by Johann Friedrich Michael Kruttge (1771-1843), Breslau, 1809.
  • The anatomy and surgical treatment of crural and umbilical hernia.
    London, Longman, 1807.
  • A case of aneurism of the carotid artery.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1809, 1:1-12.
    Cooper ligated the common carotid artery on Nov. 1, 1805. The patient died, but a second case (June 22, 1808) proved successful.
  • Surgical Essays. Written with Benjamin Travers (1783-1858).
    2 volumes. London, Cox & Son, 1818-1819.
    3rd edition, 1820; American edition, Philadelphia, 1821.
    German translation in Chirurgische Handbibliothek, volume I, Weimar, 1821.
    French by Guillaume Bertrand, Paris, 1823.
    Travers was surgeon to St. Thomas’s Hospital, and particularly distinguished himself in vascular surgery and ophthalmology. The book contains a description of Cooper’s tumour.
  • A treatise on dislocations, and on fractures of the joints.
    London, Longman, 1822.
    Through this and numerous subsequent editions this was the principal reference work on the subject in England and America for 30 years.
  • Observations on fractures of the neck of the thighbone etc.
    London, 1824; German translation, also in London, 1824, and in Chirurgische Handbibliothek, volume VII, Weimar, 1824.
  • The lectures on the principles and practice of surgery..... by Fred Tyrrell.
    3 volumes, London, 1824-1827; American edition, Boston, 1831.
    German translation in 3 volumes, Weimar, 1825-1828.
  • Illustrations of the diseases of the breast.
    2 parts. London, Longman, Rees & Co., 1829; German translation, Weimar, 1836.
    Includes the earliest descriptions of hyperplastic cystic disease in the breast, which Cooper referred to as “hydatid disease”.
  • Observations on the structure and diseases of the testis.
    London, Longmans, 1830; 2nd edition by Bransby B. Cooper, 1841.
    American edition, Philadelphia, 1845.
    German translation, Weimar, 1832, 1833.
  • The anatomy of the thymus gland.
    London, Longman, 1832 (1829?)
    French translation by Pigné and W. Tobin, 1832.
    American edition, Philadelphia, 1845.
  • Case of a femoral aneurism, for which the external iliac artery was tied, with an account of the preparation of the limb, dissected at the extirpation of eighteen years.
    Guy’s Hospital Reports, London, 1836, 1: 43-52.
    The artery was tied in 1808, and the patient died in 1826.
  • Account of the first successful operation, performed on the carotid artery, for aneurism, in the year 1808; with the post-mortem examination in 1921.
    Guy’s Hospital Reports, London, 1836, 1: 53-58.
  • Some experiments and observations on tying the carotid and vertebral arteries, and the pneumo-gastric, phrenic, and sympathetic nerves.
    Guy’s Hospital Reports, London, 1836, 1: 457-475, 654.
  • The principles and practice of surgery, founded on the most extensive hospital and private practice, during a period of nearly 50 years. Edited by Alex Lee.
    London, 1836.
    German translations by J. Schütte, 3 volumes, Cassel, 1836-1845.
    4th edition, 1856; also translated by Buchard, 4 booklets, Erlangen, 1844, 1845.
    Also published under the title of:
    Oeuvres chirurgicales complètes d’Astley Cooper.
    Trad. de l’anglais avec des notes par E. Chassaignac et G. Richelot. Paris, 1835.
    The translators are Édouard Pierre Marie Chassiagnac, 1804-1879; and Gustave-Antoine Richelot, 1807-1893.
  • On the anatomy of the breast.
    2 volumes. London, Longman,1840.
    One of Coopers last works, this is an anatomical sequel to Illustrations of the diseases of the breast (1829). It covers the physiology as well as the anatomy of the breast.
  • Bransby B. Cooper:
    The life of Sir Astley Cooper. 2 volumes, London, 1843.

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