Hamburg: Lucas Gräfe & Sillem (Edmund Sillem), 1916. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (12 x 10"). , 109, pp (Text), lxxv (i.e. 80) leaves (Photographic plates). Original olive cloth, with gold lettering to spine and front cover.
Illustrated with original x-ray photographs of broken bones, imbedded bullets, etc.. "Röntgen-Atlas der Kriegsverletzungen 1914-1916" is a rather disturbing German World War I medical book showing photographs of war injuries before and after reconstructive surgery.
In 1895, the invention of the X-ray by Wilhelm Roentgen created an amazing step forward in the history of medicine. For the first time ever, the inner workings of the body could be made visible without having to cut into the flesh.
Even before the outbreak of the First World War, X-rays were already used to help diagnose injuries to troops in the Greco-Turkish War (1897), the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), and the two Balkan Wars (1912-1913).
In 1914, nations were engulfed in an armed conflict on an unprecedented scale. Most belligerent countries sent X-rays units to the various fronts, which played a crucial role in diagnosis and planning of treatment, especially for the facial injury patients.
This work is profusely illustrated throughout with 80 plates: 53 leaves on photo paper showing reproductions of X-rays, 14 leaves of b/w photographic reproductions showing facial and various limb injuries, and 13 leaves with 26 mounted original stereoscopic panels.
Front cover slightly soiled. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout (not affecting plates). Text in German. Binding and interior in good+ to very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #43701