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Surgical Manual Published during the Leningrad Siege

Tekhnika operatsii na tsentral’noi i perefericheskoi nervnoi sisteme pri povrezhdeniiakh voennogo vremeni (v risunkakh) [Surgery of the central and peripheral nervous system due to wartime injury (with illustrations)].

Leningrad: Leningrad: Narkomzdrav SSSR, Medgiz, Leningradskoe otdelenie, 1941. Octavo (19 × 13 cm). Original printed wrappers; 104 pp. With 102 anatomical drawings. Some wear to spine extremities and spine stop; diagonal creases and light soil to front wrapper. Erased inscription in blue ink to top of title page. Internally very good.

First edition. Published during the Siege of Leningrad, this manual for surgeons working in wartime conditions provides instructions surgeries on the brain, the spinal chord and the peripheral nervous system damaged by firearms during combat. The descriptions are accompanied by detailed anatomical illustrations. The authors of the book are students of the famous neurosurgeon Andrei Lvovich Polenov (1871-1947), founder of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Leningrad Medical University. During World War II, his student, Isaac Savelyevich Babchin (1895-1989), the primary author of the texts in the manual, was the main neurosurgeon of the Leningrad Front and the head of the evacuation hospital No. 1015. The 900-day siege of Leningrad by the Nazi forces from September 1941 – January 1943 took the lives of nearly a million civilians. Many of the city inhabitants were evacuated prior to the siege, however, nearly 1.5 million people working in the medical, military, fuel and energy industries, transport as well as industries that produced the necessary products for the remaining population remained. Seven publishing houses (and twenty-three libraries) remained open during the siege, which in the two and a half year period published nearly two thousand titles. This publication was one of four manuals published in besieged Leningrad by the Neurosurgery department that deal specifically with wartime injuries. One of 2000 copies published. Not in KVK or OCLC.

Book ID: P6236

Price: $250.00