6 December 2004
FERNEL, Jean François. Medicina. Paris: Andreas Wechel, 1554.
3 parts in one volume, 2o (339 x 219 mm). Woodcut portrait, numerous woodcut initials, woodcut printer's device at end. Rebound in vellum, with old reverse vellum pasted over (binding very tight).
FIRST EDITION OF "THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC TREATISE ON PATHOLOGY, which also introduced the names for the sciences of pathology and physiology" (Garrison-Morton). Fernel's insistence on personal observation and experiment made him one of the most influential physicians of the new school of medicine. In the important second part of Medicina entitled "Pathogiae Lib. vii," Fernel "provided the first systematic essay on the subject, methodically discussing the diseases of each organ. Fernel was the first to describe appendicitis, endocarditis, etc." (Garrison-Morton). The first part comprises the second edition of the author's classic treatise on physiology. Adams F-248; Garrison-Morton 2271; NLM/Durling 1459; Norman 785; see PMM 68 note; Waller 2993; Wellcome 2195.
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