Bloodletting Manual Antique Medical Book On Fevers/early Medicine Rare 1st 1732 For Sale
VERY RARE, ORIGINAL 1732 EDITION OF "A TREATISE OF CONTINUAL FEVERS: IN FOUR PARTS. TO WHICH ARE ADDED, MEDICINAL OBSERVATIONS: IN THREE BOOKS." This important 18th century work was written by Jodocus Lommius [aka Joost van Lom] (b.1557)and printed for J. Brotherton, J. Hazard, W. Meadows, et al., London. Author was an eminent medical practitioner at Brussels and royal physician to King Philip II. The present treatise contains the first English translation ofLommius' principal work, a comprehensive diagnostic survey in three books,bound with the first English translation ofhisdiscourse on fevers. Lommius' influentialdiagnostic survey, first published in 1560, held sway for sometwo and a half centuries.Translation performedbyEnglish physicianThomas Dale.
We could not locate another copy of this desirable Englishedition in private hands, and WorldCat locates onlybut a few known copies institutionally heldincludingjust three in the U.S. [OCLC No. 14319037; University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Oklahoma]. ESTC 121450.
Lommius' title on continual fevers is sometimes also categorized under the heading of bloodletting [see OCLC, JAMA, etc.] and rightly so,for author delves deeply into that subject, then still a popular form of medical treatment. A proponent of the practice, Lommius states, "Since the two Directions in letting Blood are the Greatness of the Distemper and the Firmness of the Strength, this Kind of Remedy ought undoubtedly, if in any case, to be tried in a continued fever...To let Blood in acute Fevers, is common; but to do it in a proper Quantity, and with Moderation, does not seem to be either very common or sufficiently determined...But a continued Fever (that we may first treat of the Greatness of the Distemper, and then of the Strength) because it is ranked among the most violent Disorders...demands a plentiful Discharge...which distends the Vessels with too great a Load of all the Humours together. In which Case, Hippocrates and Galen were not afraid to let the Patient bleed till he fainted; which Method they were induced to follow, both from Reason and Experience."
"In 1715, three books of Medical Observations, by Jodocus Lommius, a physician of Brussels...were printed at Amsterdam. The work contains distinct accounts of almost every complaint to which the frame is subject, commencing with the 'E^ii/jipa of the Greeks, (the symptoms of which he details minutely, but concisely,) and book ending in the first book with Syphilis: the first being devoted to such complaints as affect the whole system; the second book, commencing with head-ache, comprising those which affect particular organs; while a third is reserved for a consideration of the terminations and 'sequelae' of diseases, which he discriminates into various classes, according to their violence, duration, danger, and other particulars. A translation of these Observations, with a translation of Lommius' 'Treatise on Continual Fevers' prefixed, was published in London, in 1732, by Dr. Thomas Dale...Both works contain some useful observations; and the style of Lommius' original Latinis far from inelegant" [See: "The History of Medicine, Surgery, and Anatomy" by William Hamilton (1831), Vol. 1, pp. 231-232].
"Originating as an accessible manual of diagnosis for municipal authorities, it emphasized the observable aspects of illness and downplayed the role of humors and hidden causes. As a result, it both heralded and served the trend to symptom-based nosology. Eventually, as disease concepts shifted from symptoms to organs, Lommius was eclipsed by the next epistemic fashion: positivistic organicism. The multiple editions of this work invite us to reconsider the sustained influence of ancient writers, including Celsus, in medical pedagogy and semeiology, as well as the timing and location of the development of nosological concepts of disease" [See: "Jodocus Lommius’s Little Golden Book" in Jnl. of the History of Med. and Allied Sciences by Jacalyn Duffin (2006), Vol. 61, pp. 249-287].
Condition: Rare book remains in good overallcondition [see images]. Volume bound in contemporary gilt-ruled calf [leather] with raised spine bands; moderate cover wear, front hinge and rear joint starting, early manuscript notations to front flyleaf whichshows corner tearing, faded hand titling to foredges, old faded ownership inscription to title page, occasional marginalia and hand bracketing,scattered foxing, minor spotting, etc., generally clean internally. Volume collates: , 452,  page (complete); and measures approx 8" tall x 5" wide x 1.5" thick. Quite a find and a very worthy acquisition indeed.
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