BOUCHUT, Eugene (1818-1891). Atlas d'Ophthalmoscopie Medicale et de Cerebroscopie montrant chez l'Homme et chez les Animaux les lesions du nerf optique. Paris: Libraririe J.-B. Bailliere et Fils, 1876.

$ 900.00

Folio (14 x 10 4/8 inches). 14 chromolithographed plates of images taken with the Ophthalmoscope. Original publisher's maroon diced cloth, gilt (a bit worn and the extremities and with one or two stains).

Provenance: with the ink library stamps of the Library of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland on the title-page and elsewhere.

First edition, illustrating Bouchut's ground-breaking technique of "cerebroscopy", now called ophthalmoscopy, used for examining the interior of the eye for diagnosis of brain disorders such as meningitis. He also invented a device, a set of tubes (Bouchut's tubes), for use in intubation of the trachea, as an alternative to tracheotomy in cases of diphtheria, preceding Macewen's first successful endotracheal intubation at the end of the 19th century.