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WILLIS, Thomas (1621-1675). Cerebri anatome: cui accessit nervorum descriptio et usus. London: Ja. Flesher for Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry, 1664.
4o (205 x 152 mm). Engraved portrait of author tipped in on verso of imprimatur. 15 engraved plates (11 folding), unsigned, but drawn by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) and Richard Lower (1631-1691), and probably engraved by David Loggan (1635-1692). Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked). Provenance: Charles Cockburn (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "The most complete and accurate account of the nervous system which had hitherto appeared, and the work that coined the term "neurology"" (GM). Willis, Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosphy at Oxford University, was dissatisfied with existing accounts of the brain, and so conducted brain dissections himself, with the aid of his students Christopher Wren, Richard Lower and Thomas Millington (an early recorded instance of collaborative scientific research). Garrison-Morton 1378; Grolier Medicine 32A (this copy exhibited); Heirs of Hippocrates 538; NLM/Krivatsy 13009; Waller 10315; Wing W-2824; Norman 2243.
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