Four Books Of that Learned and Renowned Doctor, Lazarus Riverius

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Four Books Of that Learned and Renowned Doctor, Lazarus Riverius

RIVERIUS, Lazarus [RIVIRE, Lazare]; FERNELIUS, John [FERNEL, Jean]; CULPEPER, Nicholas (trans.)

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Title continues: "Containing Five hundred and thirteen Observations of Histories of Famous and Rare Cures; Most of which were his own. The other were communicated to him by Twenty-four several Famous Physitians and Chyrurgeons, whose Names are Printed to each of them. Unto which is added a Fifth Book, Being Select Medicinal Counsels of John Fernelius, Chief Physician to the King. All Englished By Nicholas Culpeper, Physician and Astrologer. These Histories and Observations are often mentioned, and referred unto, in these Seventeen Famous Books of Riverius, called The Pratice of Physick. Viz. I. Of the Diseases of the Head. 2. Of the Diseases of the Eyes. 3. Of the Diseases of the Ears. 4. Of the Diseases of the Nostrils. 5. Of the Diseases of the Tongue. 6. Of the Diseases of the Teeth, Gums, &c. 7. Of the Diseases of the Brest. 8. Of the Diseases of the Heart. 9. Of the Diseases of the Stomach. 10. Of the Diseases of the Intestines, or Guts. 11. Of the Diseases of the Liver. 12. Of the Diseases of the Spleen. 13. Of the Diseases of the Mesentery, &c. 14. Of the Diseases of the Reins, &c. 15. Of Womens Diseases. 16. Of the Diseases of the Joints, &c. 17. Of Fevers, Simple, Putrid, and Pestilential." Lazare Rivire (1589-1655), French pharmacologist, anatomist, and surgeon produced this book of observations as a practical medical treatise from which his fellow physcians could learn. Jean Franois Fernel (1497 1558), another French physician, introduced the term "physiology" to describe the study of the body's functions. The translator, Nicholas Culpepper (ca. 1616-54), is referred to as "Physician and Astrologer" on the title page, since he was a practitioner of medical astrology, associating various parts of the body, diseases, and drugs with the twelve astrological signs. Far from being a quack, however, Culpeper wished to put medical knowledge in the hands of the people. He therefore chose to publish translations such as this, in vernacular English, as self-help medical guides for those who could not read Latin any more than they could afford the help of expensive physicians.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: George Sawbridge
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1678
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a

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  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
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  • Details:
    [4], 645 [517], [9], 462 [362], [14] p. 31 cm. Rebound in half leather with marbled paper boards. Repaired edge to title page and next 4 leaves. Occasional ink check marks and notations. Dampstains to margins and corners. A few small holes. Chips at tops of pp. "279" & "515" in first section. Tear in p. 3 of Fifth Book. Pages 5, 73, & 79 appear to be missing in Fifth book and some of its pages are out of order towards rear. Contents after first four volumes and alphabetical index at rear.

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