Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery]. Soken HONMA.
Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery].
Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery].
Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery].
Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery].
Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery].

Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Secret Records of Surgery].

Numerous woodcuts (of which 15 are finely handcolored). 10 vols. bound in 12. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: Izumiya Kinemon, 1847.


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—. Zoku Yoka Hiroku [Trans.: Continued & Enlarged Secret Records of Surgery]. Numerous woodcuts (of which 40 are finely handcolored). Five vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block printed title labels on upper covers, new stitching. Tokyo: Izumiya Kinemon, 1859.

First edition. Honma (1804-72), a member of a distinguished family of physicians, studied under Phillip Franz von Siebold who had brought many printed Western works on medicine and surgery to Japan. He also learned Western anesthesia from Seishu Hanaoka, the first Japanese physician to master this specialty. In Nagasaki, Honma studied vaccination. Honma established his practice in Tokyo, was physician to the local aristocracy, and became a professor of medicine. Not only an accomplished surgeon, Honma was deeply knowledgeable about internal medicine. He was one of the first physicians in Japan to make public his techniques and procedures. Hitherto, medical knowledge was kept closely guarded as family secrets for successive generations of doctors.

The Yoka Hiroku is the author’s most important book on surgery and presents for the first time Hanaoka’s techniques of anesthesia employed during surgery (one of the woodcuts depicts an anesthesia apparatus). Honma presents more than seventy case histories of surgery which he performed. He discusses the causes, symptoms, and surgical procedures of a number of wide-ranging diseases including hemorrhoids, breast cancer, venereal diseases, tumors, etc. The handsome woodcuts — of which many are finely handcolored — depict the conditions and procedures. The illustrations are clearly based on earlier Dutch medical books.

The Zoku Yoka Hiroku contains the further observations by his pupils, including Kawamata Makoto and others, on numerous case histories of various kinds of cancers (including breast cancer), gangrene, syphilis, external injuries, tumors, amputations, hemorrhages, poisoning by eating blow fish, and skin diseases. There are many vivid and finely colored illustrations of surgical procedures including amputation and abortion. The illustrations are very different from the 1847 edition which were in the Chinese style. In this 1859 edition, the illustrations are very clearly Japanese with Dutch influence.

Minor worming here and there but a fine set.

Price: $6,500.00

Item ID: 5589