April 1929


Arch Surg. 1929;18(4):1280-1297. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1929.01140130370024

A study of the various editions of Laennec's "De l'Auscultation Médiate," as published in France, England, Germany, America, Belgium and Italy, within a relatively short time after the initial appearance of the book in 1819, gives one a clear idea of the importance of Laennec's work in the eyes of his contemporaries. The demand for the volume must have been great, for, although the size of the editions is not known, nineteen distinct printings have been traced in the period of twenty years, from 1819 to 1839. Seven of these were in French, eight in English, three in German and one in Italian. Another English edition appeared in 1846, making twenty well known early issues. Since the latter date, a number of reprints and extracts of the book have appeared, such as the splendid translation of selected passages by Sir William Hale-White, London, 1923, and the French reprint in 1879,

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