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Le Secret des Bains et Eaux minerales de - FOUET, Claude - 1679. 
12 p.l., 148 pp. 12mo, cont. sheep, spine gilt. Paris: la Veuve d'Olivier de Varennes, 1679. First edition of one of the earliest works on the medicinal qualities of the alkalic waters at Vichy. Fouet, a physician of that city, describes the town and its various sources, particularly the one belonging to the Capuchins. He provides chemical analyses of the water from each source, medical treatments employing the waters, geological speculations explaining why the waters are hot, etc. The consumption of Vichy water was reputed to cure catarrh of the stomach, gout, renal and biliary calculi, liver complaints, and diabetes. This copy has on the free front endpaper the signature of SÃ©bastien Vaillant (1669-1722), the great French botanist. Fine copy. ? Krivatsky 4214.
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