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Sir Frederick Treves 'The Other Side of the Lantern: an Account of a Commonplace Tour Round the World'.
London: Cassell & Co, 1912. 424 pages, with 40 b/w illustrations from photos by the author.
Cloth hardback, no dust wrapper, 225mm.
Very good condition, frontispiece present but detached.

A classic travel book much reproduced.

Sir Frederick Treves had a most interesting career as a surgeon and traveller. He published his first text, 'Surgical Applied Anatomy' in 1883, and later in that year took up the care of Joseph Merrick, later known as the Elephant Man. He was also employed as a dissector at the London Zoo, which allowed him to study comparative anatomy. During the course of this work Sir Frederick produced many beautiful watercolour drawings of the anatomy of various animals, which are included in his papers, which are held by the Archives of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Treves continued to practice and write on surgery until he was called to service in the Boer War in 1899, where he was in command of a field hospital, and wrote a critique of the management of the sick and wounded that led to a reorganization of the British Army Medical Service. He returned to England from South Africa in 1900 after the death of his 18 year old daughter from a ruptured appendix, and he was appointed 'surgeon extraordinary' to Queen Victoria. By 1902 Sir Frederick had performed over two thousand surgeries for appendicitis.


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