19 November 2003
RIBEIRO SANCHEZ, Antonio (1699-1783). Tratado da conservaçaô de saude dos povos. Paris: 1756.
8° 196 x 119mm). (Light dampstain, marginal wormtrack occasionally affecting a few letters.) Late 18th-century calf, gilt spine, red edges (somewhat worn). Provenance: J.B. Rigault (title inscription).
FIRST EDITION of a medical study on public health, highlighting the importance of hygiene in preventing or limiting the spread of disease, written by a noted Portuguese Jewish doctor, who had served as physician at the Imperial Russian court. He also discusses climate (particularly of Brazil and Africa) and earthquakes. Friedenwald, The Jews and Medicine, II, 757-58 (cites only the second edition); not in Palau or Pires de Lima, Catalogo da Bibliotheca da Escola Medico-Cirurgica do Porto.
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