On the Anatomy of the Breast.

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Creator

Astley Cooper

Title

On the Anatomy of the Breast.

Publisher

Longman, Orme, Green, Brown and Longmans

Date

1840

Coverage

London

Description

Sir Astley Cooper was an early 19th-century British surgeon and anatomist. Because of these dual specialties, he was able to have a more “hands-on” approach to the teaching of anatomy rather than the previous lecture-based model. He is credited with numerous works in both those disciplines. As a student of John Hunter, he learned a great deal from him. He also took part in the formation of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London. He was appointed surgeon to King George IV after performing surgery on him. In this anatomical textbook, Cooper writes about diseases of the breast, including exquisite, detailed illustrations. One such example is one of the earlier descriptions of hyperplastic cystic disease of the breast, which he refers to as “hydatid disease.”