Nouveaux éléments de médecine opératoire [New elements of operative medicine].
Alfred Velpeau was a French hospital surgeon. He was not only the most skilled surgeon in France during the first half of the 19th century but was also a master of anatomy. He authored hundreds of texts not only about surgery and anatomy but also in the fields of embryology and obstetrics. Médecine opératoire was the most detailed surgical work on France in the middle of the 19th century. In it, Velapeau describes and classifies numerous plastic surgical procedures. These include detailed procedures of face and breast reconstructions. An atlas with exquisite illustrations was also printed as a supplement.