Parey, Ambrose (Ambroise Pare)
Using a Ladder to Restore a Dislocated Shoulder - Leaf
Folio - over 12" - 15" tall
Jacobi Fischeri Bibliopolae
Leaf (pp. 331-332) from Thesaurus chirurgiae Continens Praestantissimorum Autorum, Utpote Ambrosii Parei Parisiensis. . . edited by Peter Uffenbach. Parey was a famous 16th century French surgeon who reintroduced many of Hippocrates methods in a published collection of his surgical practice. The first part of this book (from which this leaf comes) is a Latin version of Parey's own, The Workes of that Famous Chirurgion Ambrose Parey. The leaf includes three hand-colored famous illustrations of Parey's method of reducing shoulder dislocations by using ladders or doors. In this method, the patient's sound arm and legs were bound so they could not interfer with the procedure. Then, the patient stood on a stool next to a ladder and placed his injured arm over a rung. When the stool was kicked away, the weight of the patient's falling body would pop his shoulder back into place. The leaf has some minor toning, some corner creases and several small, marginal wormholes.