|Helpful hints for resolving dislocations|
Today's rare books spotlight comes courtesy of my search for a good #TypeTuesday post for Instagram: Perusing our oversize shelving for a good "pretty typeface" candidate, I settled upon Dr. Adolph Leopold Richter's 1828 two-volume atlas, Theoretisch-praktisches Handbuch Der Lehre Von Den Brüchen Und Verrenkungen Der Knochen "Theoretical-practical handbook of the theory of fractures and dislocations of the bone"]
The second volume of the atlas contains lithographs consisting of detailed diagrams of treatments for bone fractures and dislocations, and various devices meant to treat these issues with traction. While largely replaced by other techniques in contemporary orthopaedics, historically traction was an important method for treating broken bones or skeletal issues.
|Traction contraption in Dr. Richter's atlas|
As Maija pointed out, many of the lithographs resemble Edward Gorey prints, featuring delicately illustrated gentlemen in various states of treatment and discomfort. In my humble opinion, any of these would be at home in a contemporary get-well-soon card from a local letterpress!
|I particularly enjoy this sullen patient, resigned to traction in bed.|