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COTUGNO, Domenico (1736-1822). De Aquaeductibus auris humanae internae anatomica dissertatio. Naples: ex typographia Simoniana, 1761.
8o (207 x 122 mm). Title printed in red and black. 2 folding engraved plates (some minor foxing). Contemporary vellum. Provenance: purchaser's note on front free endpaper ("comprato in Napoli ... 1791 Dottore Gio' Unis(?) pagato 6.13.4").
FIRST EDITION of Cotugno's dissertation, written at the age of twenty-four, in which he recorded his discovery of the aural aqueducts (cochleae and vestibuli) and of the cochlear duct. Cotugno made "important contributions to the knowledge on the structure and function of the ear, including the discovery of the aural aqueducts. The naso-palatine nerve and the columns in the osseous spiral lamina are named after him" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 1549; Waller 2163; Wellcome II, p.398; Norman 521.
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