De medicina libri octo. Aulus Aurelius Cornelius CELSUS, circa 25 BCE - circa 50.

De medicina libri octo

Leiden: Elzevir, 1657. 12mo. [2], [22], 558, [2] pp. Engraved title by I. Hackius, errata leaf at end. 18th-century mottled calf, smooth spine gilt. Provenance: Lewis Stephen Pilcher (1845-1934), founding editor of 'The Annals of Surgery' (bookplate). Slight rubbing to binding / From the Collection of Allan B. Kirsner, M.D. Item #401894

"De Medicina is the oldest Western medical document after the Hippocratic writings. Written about 30 CE, it remains the greatest medical treatise from ancient Rome, and the first Western history of medicine. Celsus’s superb literary style won him the title of Cicero medicorum. De medicina deals with diseases treated by diet and regimen and with those amenable to drugs and surgery. The surgical chapters contain the first accounts of the use of ligature, excellent descriptions of lateral lithotomy and hemiotomy, and the earliest discussion of the surgical remedies for mutilations – what we now call plastic surgery, including plastic operations for restoration of the nose, lips, eyelids, ears, etc. Celsus also included numerous important contributions to dentistry, including some of the earliest Western accounts of the treatment of toothache, oral surgery, tooth extraction, and fractures of the jaw" (Garrison-Morton-Norman, for the first edition of 1478). Willems 797.

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