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ALMEIDA, António de

Dissertação sobre o Methodo mais simples, e seguro de curar as Feridas das Armas de Fogo, offerecida a Sua Alteza Real o Serenissimo Principe do Brasil, Nosso Senhor.


Lisbon, Na Regia Officina Typografica, 1797.


Small 4to.  xxvii, 62 pp.  Contemporary calf.   Lacks front free end-paper, some occasional spotting.

Almeida’s timely first published work appeared soon after the outbreak of the Napoleonic War.   He describes the treatment of gunshot wounds starting with that by Ambroise Paré in the 16th century to his own day, and outlines current surgical practice then in vogue, drawing on the writings of John Hunter and Johann Ulrich Bilguer.   He recommends that the wound should be cleaned and the bleeding stopped, comments on the causes of gangrene, on infections caused by the wounds, and he proposes the immediate amputation following the wound, without waiting for complications.   He had observed 23 French sailors who were wounded in a skirmish when the English attacked their warship, the Artois, and who were brought into Lisbon;  twenty-one were cured and two died, one from gangrene, the other from a wound in his lung.  

Innocêncio I, 83.   Surgeon General’s Cat., 2nd series I, 270.  


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