Nice: La Diane Française, 1949. Limited First edition. Softcover. 1/300. Quarto (9 x 5 3/4"). 509, pp. Uncut and unopened copy. Original printed wrappers with red and black lettering to spine and front cover. The frontispiece is an original lithographic portrait of the author by Henri Matisse, hand-signed and numbered by the artist. Book housed in its original paper covered slipcase.
René Leriche (1879-1955) was a celebrated French surgeon generally known in medicine for the syndrome that carries his name, namely the Leriche syndrome in the aorto-iliac occlusive disease. Having his surgical training done under professors Mathieu Jaboulay and Antonin Poncet, his friendship and association with Alexis Carrel and William Halsted have contributed to René Leriche’s development as a surgeon, researcher and thinker.
Following the footsteps of his mentors, he produced outstanding clinical and academic work which had earned him an eminent reputation among his students and colleagues. Surgeons such as Jean Kunlin, Jao Cid dos Santos, Michael DeBakey, René Fontaine and others came to study and learn from him. These future generations of surgeons would themselves bring much contribution to the understanding and treatment of vascular diseases and medicine in general.
René Leriche pioneered medicine with his research and ideas. His assiduous work of teaching, research and clinical practice made his influence last to our present. Leriche was also a flamboyant character who enjoyed French cuisine and fine wine. He had a fine collection of art (one of his patients was his friend Henri Matisse).
This landmark monograph on surgery as a discipline of knowledge is complete with its original lithograph by Matisse, hand-signed by the artist in pencil at lower left margin, and numbered at lower right margin.
One of 300 copies on Vélin paper, of which this is number 282.
Slipcase age-toned, partly rubbed along edges, ana with closed tear at upper margin of back cover. Minor creasing along spine. Top edge slightly stained. Text in French. Slipcase in overall good- to good, wrappers in very good, interior in fine condition. vg. Item #42462