London, South Kensington
23 November 2009
MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- MORGAGNI, Giovanni Battista (1682-1771). De sedibus, et causis morborum per anatomen indagatis libri quinque. Venice: Remondini, 1761. 2 volumes, 2° (366 x 227mm). Half-title in vol.I, engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by Jean Renard, title in vol.I printed in red and black, engraved title-vignettes, with the blank 2O6 in volume I (light worming in upper margin of vol.II, closed and affecting headline in a few leaves, light mainly marginal waterstaining in both vols., some mainly light spotting). Contemporary vellum (extremities very lightly rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WORKS IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE, Morgagni was the true founder of modern pathological anatomy" (Garrison-Morton). Morgagni, Professor of Anatomy at Padua, used evidence from his experience and records of some 700 post-mortem dissections to establish a procedure of basing diagnosis and treatment on a detailed knowledge of the anatomical conditions of common diseases, i.e. a classification of symptoms rather than diseases. The work includes a number of descriptions of new diseases, many of which have remained classics until recent times. Blake, p.312; Dibner Heralds of Science 125; Garrison-Morton 2276; Grolier Medicine 46; Heirs 792; Norman 1547; PMM 206; Waller 6672; Wellcome IV, p.178.
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