9 February 2000
MORGAGNI, Giovanni Battista (1682-1771). De sedibus, et causis morborum per anatomen indagatis libri quinque. Venice: Remondini, 1761.
2 volumes in one, 2o (370 x 235). Half-title, engraved portrait, engraved title vignettes, first title printed in red and black, woodcut head- and tail-pieces (some light foxing and dampstaining, mostly marginal). Contemporary vellum.
FIRST EDITION OF A FOUNDATION OF MODERN PATHOLOGICAL ANATOMY. "Morgagni's contribution to the understanding of disease may well rank with the contributions of Vesalius in anatomy and Harvey in physiology" (Heirs of Hippocrates). Morgagni, Professor of Anatomy at Padua, used evidence from his experience and records of over 700 post-mortem dissections to establish a procedure for basing diagnosis and treatment on a detailed knowledge of the symptoms of common diseases. Dibner Heralds of Science 125; Garrison-Morton-Norman 2276; Grolier Medicine 46; Heirs of Hippocrates 792; NLM/Blake, p. 312; Norman 1547; PMM 206; Osler 1178; Waller 6672.
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