Cheiroplotheke,seu Atmamentarium chirurgicum.
A Lyon: Chez Antoine Cellier fils, rue Merciere, a l'Enseigne de la Constance, 1675.
"Johannes Scultetus, who was one of the great German surgeons of the seventeenth century, did not live to see the publication of the Armamentarium Chirurgicum. The work was put together in its present form by his nephew, Johann Schultes the Younger, who compiled Scultetus's notes and issued them, along with the splendid engravings, in 1655.
The title, literally translated, means the "arsenal of surgery." The editor of a later edition explained the titles by pointing out that just as a military arsenal is a storehouse of weapons to ward off or attack an enemy, so this book is a storehouse of information for preventing or combating disease.
The appearance of the first edition of the Armamentarium Chirurgicum was one of the most significant events in the history of medical publishing. The lengthy text and the forty-three copperplate engravings in the Armamentarium provided an extraordinarily detailed account of surgical methods and procedures, some of which-such as breast amputation and obstetrical delivery by forceps-had never been adequately treated before in print...
Aside from being the author of the Armamentarium, Scultetus is known to medical history as the innovator of new methods for the treatment of head wounds. During the Thirty Years' War he saw military service on the battlefield, and the procedures he developed there were credited with saving countless lives.
Long after Scultetus's death, his name remained familiar to physicians and nurses because he had developed the multiple-tailed bandage that became known as the "Scultetus binder"(Folio vol. 2, #1).