HOBSON, BENJAMIN. 1816-1876. Seiyi-ryakuron [First lines of the practice of surgery in the west]. Tokyo: Yorozua Hyoshiro, 1858.
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HOBSON, BENJAMIN. 1816-1876.
Seiyi-ryakuron [First lines of the practice of surgery in the west]. Tokyo: Yorozua Hyoshiro, 1858.
US$ 1,500 - 2,500
£1,100 - 1,900

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HOBSON, BENJAMIN. 1816-1876. Seiyi-ryakuron [First lines of the practice of surgery in the west]. Tokyo: Yorozua Hyoshiro, 1858. HOBSON, BENJAMIN. 1816-1876. Seiyi-ryakuron [First lines of the practice of surgery in the west]. Tokyo: Yorozua Hyoshiro, 1858.
HOBSON, BENJAMIN. 1816-1876.
Seiyi-ryakuron [First lines of the practice of surgery in the west]. Tokyo: Yorozua Hyoshiro, 1858.
4 vols (255 x 173 mm). In Chinese with Japanese reading symbols, table of contents in vol 4 in Chinese & English. 60, 1; 49; 62; 22 folded ff, woodcut text illustrations throughout. Yellow embossed paper wrappers with printed labels (a little worn). Quarter morocco slip-case.

FIRST JAPANESE EDITION of Benjamin Hobson's First Lines of the Practice of Surgery. Hobson was a British missionary doctor who spent two decades (1839-59) in China, founding hospitals in Hong Kong, Guangdong and Shanghai, training local physicians, and writing medical textbooks in Chinese based on European sources. "His texts were highly regarded by contemporary medical missionaries and they had a far-reaching impact on the introduction of Western medicine, not only in China but also in Japan" (Wong p 91). The second of these texts was the First Lines of the Practice of Surgery in the West (Xiyi luelun 1857); the work was published in Japan one year later. "This treatise, besides showing the benefit of surgical education, sets forth the entire subject of surgical practice ... Perhaps this work may be regarded as the best of the [Hobson] series, as it is certainly the most adapted for direct utility" (Wong and Wu p 365, note 310). The work contains hundreds of illustrations, and includes a list of medical prescriptions. At the end of the last volume is a table of contents and list of drug names in English and Chinese. Wong, "Local voluntarism: The medical mission of the London Missionary Society in Hong Kong, 1842-1923," in Hardiman, ed., Healing Bodies, Saving Souls: Medical Missions in Asia and Africa, pp 87-113.
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