Universa Medicina.

Frankfort: Wechelum, 1574. hardcover. 670pp. + 57pp. index, woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut portrait of author on page before the "Epistola", woodcut initials at chapter headings, small thick 8vo, contemporary full limp vellum, raised bands; (early underlining and neat notations on margins of some pages, covers soiled), pages immaculate. Francofurti: Apud Andream Wechelum, 1574. Third Edition. very good(+).

Author was physician to Henry II of France. In his earlier work, "Medicina", Fernel introduced the terms pathology and physiology. He described the diseases of each organ in a systematic method. He also was the first to describe appendicitis and endocarditis. In "Universa Medicina", he introduces the heart's systole and diastole and peristalsis. He also gives one of the earliest descriptions of the spinal canal. Fernel's last work, finished and edited by Guillaume Plancy, his contemporary, biographer and follower. "On his deathbed Fernel was greatly worried that he had not found time to put the finishing touches to his Medicina. It fell upon Plancy to edit the full text of the Universa Medicina (1567), which contained chapters on physiology, pathology, therapeutics, and such.." (DSB IV, 586). Earlier edition of Durling 1465 and Wellcome I, 2203.

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