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PLATTER, Felix (1536-1614). Praxeos seu de cognoscendis, praedicendis, praecavendis, curandisque affectibus homini incommodantibus tractatus. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1608 (Vol. 1), 1603 (Vol. 2).
2 volumes. 8o (176 x 107 mm [Vol. 1]; 174 x 110 mm [Vol. 2]). Contemporary blind-tooled calf (spine worn) [Vol. 1]; vellum manuscript leaf over boards, hand-inked spine [Vol. 2]. Provenance: Daniel Arbor (inscription); Henry S. Patterson (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF VOLUME 2; second edition of Volume 1. "AN OUTSTANDING WORK ON PATHOLOGY" (DSB). Platter, a celebrated Swiss anatomist, pediatrician, and chief physician of Basle, proposed a novel classification of diseases according to their symptoms, including, for the first time, mental diseases. The work includes one of the earliest accurate clinical descriptions of cretinism. Garrison-Morton 2195; NLM/Krivatsy 9076 [Vol. 2]; Wellcome 5086 [1st edition]-5087; Norman 1715. (2)
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