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Erster [--Ander--Dritte] Theil der grossen - PARACELSUS - 1562. 
Fine woodcut vignette (each different) on titles & several full-page woodcut illus. in the text. Titles printed in red & black. 12 p.l., 116 leaves (the last blank); 12 p.l. (the last blank), 129,  leaves; 74 unnumbered leaves (the last blank). Three parts in one vol. 4to, later limp vellum, yapp edges. [Colophon in Part II: Frankfurt am Main: G. Raben & the Heirs of W. Hanen, .] A very rare and somewhat complicated edition (see below); it contains fine woodcuts on the titles and the woodcut of surgical instruments. The first printing of the text appeared in 1536 in Augsburg (see Grolier Club, One Hundred Books Famous in Medicine, 16). This is Paracelsus's greatest work and the only major book by him published during his lifetime. Paracelsus was responsible for the most violent reform in Renaissance medicine. In this book, Paracelsus deals with the complete treatment of wounds caused by piercing, shooting, burning, animals bites, bone fracture, and other injuries. While many historians of medicine give ParÃ© credit for first recognizing the importance of cleanliness and the self-healing properties of wounds, it was Paracelsus, a generation before, who first recommended that wounds might well heal without extensive treatment. "Among Paracelsus' practical achievements was his management of wounds and chronic ulcers. These conditions were overtreated at the time, and Paracelsus' success lay in his conservative, noninterventionist approach, which was based upon his belief in natural healing power and mumia, an active principle in tissues."ÂD.S.B., X, pp. 306-07. "Paracelsus bitterly deplored the separation of surgery from medicine, and strove constantly to weld the two disciplines together. He personally practiced, as well as wrote, on both subjects... In his wound management, he strongly believed, as did Hippocrates, that healing was solely the property of nature, and that the doctor could only assist the natural forces, primarily by supplying nutrition and in preventing complications."ÂZimmermann & Veit, Great Ideas in the History of Surgery, pp. 173-74. This edition seems to have been issued at the same time or before Sudhoff 49-51. Just the first signature of Part III is the same as Sudhoff 51. The remainder of the signatures (B-T) are from Sudhoff 29 (1553); the publishers Raben and Hanen had taken over the unsold copies from the original publisher Herman GÃ¼lfferich and printed new preliminary leaves. Fine and fresh copy. Sudhoff 52.
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