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KIRCHER, Athanasius (1602-1680). Scrutinium physico-medicum contagiosae luis, quae pestis dicitur. Rome: Mascardi, 1658.
4o (242 x 176 mm). Contemporary limp vellum, spine ink lettered (covers slightly bowing, small library mark at foot of spine).
FIRST EDITION. "Kircher was probably the first to employ the microscope in investigating the cause of disease... he was the first to state explicitly the theory of contagion by animalculae as the cause of infectious diseases" (Garrison-Morton 5118). Heirs of Hippocrates 308; NLM/Krivatsy 6405; Osler 3120 (1659 edition); Waller 5295; Wellcome III, p.395; Norman 1217.
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