6 December 2004
MORGAGNI, Giovanni Battista. De sedibus, et causis morborum per anatomen indagatis libri quinque. Venice: Remondini, 1761.
2 volumes, 2o (372 x 228 mm.). Engraved portrait, engraved title vignettes, first title printed in red and black. 19th-century half vellum and marbled boards (some minor rubbing and light marginal wear).
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. Dibner Heralds of Science 125; Garrison-Morton 2276; Grolier Medicine 46; Heirs of Hippocrates 792; NLM/Blake, p.312; Norman 1547; PMM 206; Osler 1178; Waller 6672.
[Bound with second vol.]: MORGAGNI. Epistolae aemilianae historico-criticae... Venice, 1763. Not in Norman, Osler or Waller. (2)
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