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HARVEY, William (1578-1657).

De motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus, anatomica exercitatio. Cum refutationibus Aemylii Parisani. et Jacobi Primirosii.

      Ex officina Johannis Maire. 1639 - Lugduni Batavorum, ex officina Johannis Maire, 1639. In-4° legatura recente in pergamena coeva. (iv),267, 84 pp. Fra le pp. 82-83 del commentario si trovano posposte 4 pp. preliminari segnate * e *2 (Lectori S.) Le due tavole incise in rame sono situate all' inizio dell' opera. Tali anomalie ricorrono in diversi esemplari, come precisa il Keynes. Timbro rosso con arme nobiliare al verso del frontespizio, ripetuto in fine. Carta qua e là con lievissime rifioriture, ma bell' esemplare nel suo stato originale. Rarissima terza edizione (seconda del testo completo) del capolavoro di W. Harvey, quasi introvabile come la prima edizione del 1628, divenuta praticamente irreperibile. Questa edizione è più interessante dell' originale perché contiene le risposte dell' autore alle violente critiche di James Primerose ed Aemilius Parisanus. Il trattato del Primerose fu pubblicato a Londra nel 1630. Il suo autore fu uno dei più accaniti oppositori. "What Galilei did for physics, Harvey did for physiology and thus, medicine. He described exhaustively the movement of the bllod, considered it quantitatively and thus synthetized the scattered and divergent body of observations which meant nothing or little so far and were to mean everything since. The integration of the work of Servet, Colombo, Cesalpino and others into a complete scheme accounting for itself and for all of its detail - the filling of every hole in the great tissue of which every part is interlocking and solidly woven - this indeed is an achievement of the very first magnitude" (Sephen d' Irsay, Introduction to Lier List "William Harvey", 1928). "Discovery and experimental proof of the circulation of the blood. Together with Vesalius's Fabrica (1543), Harvey's De motu cordis shares the honour as the greatest book in the history of medicine. By fundamentally changing our conceptions of the functions of the heart bood vessels, Harvey pointed the way to reform of all physiology and medicine. During the mid 17th century new mechanical and chemical systems of physiology incorporated the circulation as a basic assumption in the explanation of a wide range of vital phenomena, and while subsequent developments in physiology have led to great changes in thinking about the function of the circulation, they have abundantly confirmed the importance of Harvey's discovery as the cornerstone of modern physiology and medicine" (Garrison & Morton. Medical bibliography, 759). Keynes, Bibliography of the writings of William Harvey, 3. Heirs of Hippocrates, 417. Krivatsy, Catalogue of 17 th century books in National Library of Medicine, 5329. Wellcome Historical Medical Library, Catalogue of printed books, I, 3070. Sallander, Bibliotheca Walleriana, 4089. Reynolds Historical Library, 1881. Cushing Collection of books and mss., H-144. Dibner, Heralds of science, 123 (1 st. edition 1628). Grolier Club, One hundred books famous in medicine, 27-A (idem). Printing and the mind of man, 127 (idem). LeFanu, Notable medical books from the Lilly Library, p. 63 (idem). No copy in Pilcher, Osler, Orr, Norman collections. [Attributes: Hard Cover]

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