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Medical Miscellany, circa 1560.

circa 1560.
1 v. 27.5 x 20.0 cm (79 folios)
Summary note:
  • An anonymous Italian physician's miscellany of medical reference works in Latin, probably compiled from printed sources, ca. 1560. The compiler cites ancient, medieval, and early modern medical authorities, such as Serapion of Alexandria (3rd century BCE), Galen (ca. 129-210 CE), Alexander of Tralles (ca. 525-ca. 605), Aetius of Amida (fl. 5th-6th century), Paulus Aegineta (7th century), Rhazes [Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariyyā al-Rāzī] (854-925), Avicenna [Ibn-Sīnā] (ca. 980-1037), Michele Savonarola (1385-ca. 1466), Marco Gatinaria (1442-96), Giovanni da Vigo (1450?-1525), Girolamo Fracastoro (1478-1553), Nicholás Monardes (1493-1588), Johannes Baptista Montanus (1498-1551), and Alessandro de Benedictis. The text also mentions the thermal baths of Abano, Porretta, Viterbo, Siena, Lucca, and Carpi.
  • Fols. 2r-12r. Treatments and their application in relation to humoral properties in 26 sections. These are in alphabetical order by keyword, from "De abstersione," to "De virtutis custodia." Fol. 12v is blank.
  • Fols. 13r-54v. Receptarium of medical recipes, in which parts of the body are paired with their respective ailments, remedies, and treatments. Begins with section "De purgantibus medicaminibus."
  • Fols. 55r-56v. "Morborum nomina." Glossary of human ailments, organized by the part of the body afflicted.
  • Fols. 57r-76r. Glossary about pills, powders, soaps, ointments, and lotions commonly used by Renaissance apothecaries, with information about their preparation. Girolamo Fracastoro's recipe (fol. 59v) is for a lotion to treat syphilis. Fol. 56v is blank.
Binding note:
Paper, with a watermark (fleur-de-lis in circle), closest to Briquet, Les filigranes, no. 1704 (Ferrara, 1560). Contemporary Italian blind-stamped brown leather over flexible paper pasteboard (rebacked). Sewn on three bands; end bands with secondary sewing.
Source acquisition:
Purchase, 2016. AM 2017-101.
Manuscripts, Italian 16th century.
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