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SANTA ANNA, Joaquim José de

Elementos de Cirurgia Ocular, offerecidos a Sua Alteza Real o Senhor D. João Principe do Brazil.


Lisbon, Na Officina de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira, 1793.


Small 4to.  VIII, 279 pp., with 3 folding engraved plates showing an optical operation & surgical instruments (1 drawn by Silva & engraved by Queiros).  Contemporary calf.   Contemporary manuscript annotations on front free endpaper, Ex Libris stamp on pp. (III) & V, tiny wormhole in lower margin throughout, larger in pp. 127-164,with the loss of 9 letters, very faint staining in upper margin.

Elementos de Cirurgia Ocular was the first study of ophthalmology printed in Portugal, and this interesting work shows the author's skill and familiarity with the most recent medical developments.   He describes the functions of the eye, normal and irregular vision and optical illnesses (cf. Ferreira de Mira, História da Medicina Portuguesa, p. 281).   The author was appointed to practice and teach ophthalmology in February 1783 in the hospital of S. José de Lisboa, where he rose to become chief ophthalmologist in 1810, and during his career raised the standard of such studies to previously unknown heights.   He invented instruments to aid his practice (Enciclopédia Portuguesa)   Soares comments that the plate of the optical operation is frequently lacking.  

Innocêncio IV, 92 & XII, 95 (Brito Aranha refers to an earlier edition of 1783).  Soares, História da gravura artística em Portugal, 1626.   Surgeon General's Cat., v. XII, p. 524.  



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