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SEVERINO, Marco Aurelio (1580-1656). De recondita abscessuum natura. Naples: Ottavio Beltrano, 1632.
4o (192 x 125 mm). Engraved title, engraved plate and 12 full-page engravings in text (some marginal repairs.) Modern vellum.
FIRST EDITION. "The first textbook of surgical pathology. It treats of all kinds of swelling under the 'abscess' and describes neoplasms of the genital organs and sarcomata of bones. Tumours of the breast are classified into four groups, the section devoted to them being one of the most important in the book. This was also the first book to include illustrations of lesions with the text" (Garrison-Morton). Garrison-Morton 2273; NLM/Krivatsy 11055; Norman 1932.
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