Section : Collection of Old Dermatology Books

Key dermatology books in the 19th century (England, France, Austria)

Key dermatology books in the 19th century (England, France, Austria)

Books in English: These books are the first which uses dermatologic classification terms (papules, nodules….) still used to this day.

  • Robert Willan and Thomas Bateman Delineations of cutaneous disease (1819):
  1. http://books.google.com/books?id=UTIAAAAAQAAJ&dq=willan&pg=PT226#v=thumbnail&q=&f=false
  2. commentary: lots of illustrations

  • Robert Willan and Thomas Bateman: A practical synopsis of cutaneous diseases 1836:
  1. http://books.google.com/books?id=0x4SAAAAYAAJ&dq=willan&pg=PR1#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. commentary: a few illustrations. This book emphasis on the classification of skin lesions.

Books in French: Dermatologic classification systems was elaborated in England largely based on Austria’s Joseph Plenck’s first attempt but a lot of the development of dermatology in the 19th century was in France. The hôpital Saint-Louis in Paris was the world’s first training centre and was first headed by the Baron Jean-Louis Alibert.

  • Jean-Louis Alibert (1810): Précis théorique et pratique sur les maladies de la peau, Volume 1:
  1. http://books.google.fr/books?id=SEo_AAAAcAAJ&dq=louis%20alibert&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. commentary, no illustrations, no other volumes
  • Thomas Bateman (1820) : Abrégé pratique des maladies de la peau, classées d’après le système nosologique du Dr Willan:
  1. http://books.google.fr/books?id=6gs7AAAAcAAJ&dq=peau&lr=lang_fr&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1500&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1900&num=100&as_brr=1&pg=PP7#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. commentary no illustrations
  • Pierre François Olive Rayer (1827): Traité théorique et pratique des maladies de la peau:
  1. http://books.google.fr/books?id=PpoRAAAAYAAJ&dq=peau&lr=lang_fr&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1500&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1900&num=100&as_brr=1&pg=PP11#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. commentary: no illustrations
  • Jean-Louis Alibert (1835): Monographie des dermatoses:
  1. http://books.google.fr/books?id=WWEOAAAAQAAJ&pg=PR10#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. commentary: a few illustrations present
  • Pierre François Olive Rayer (1835): Traité théoretique et pratique des maladies de la peau: avec un atlas …:
  1. http://books.google.fr/books?id=8p-kHeIk-jUC&dq=peau&lr=lang_fr&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1500&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1900&num=100&as_brr=1&pg=PR6#v=onepage&q=&f=false
  2. commentary: no illustrations
  • Pierre Louis Alphée Cazenave (1847): Abrégé pratique des maladies de la peau:
  1. http://books.google.fr/books?id=I-06OCzjE2kC&dq=laurent%20biett&pg=PR5#v=onepage&q=laurent%20biett&f=false
  2. commentary: illustrations present
  • Moritz Kaposi (1881): Leçons sur les maladies de la peau . Translated from German by Adrien Doyon et Ernest Besnier:
  1. http://www2.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/livanc/?cote=44049×01&do=chapitre
  2. http://www2.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/livanc/?cote=44049×02&do=chapitre
  3. commentary: drawings in black and white. Extensive description of the anatomy of the skin with illustrations.

Books in Latin

  • Plenck, Joseph Jakob von: Doctrina de morbis cutaneis (1776)
  1. http://www.biusante.parisdescartes.fr/sfhd/plenck.pdf
  2. commentaire: absence d’illustrations



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