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De Arte Medica Infantium, Libri Quatuor - FERRARI, Ognibene - 1577. 
Woodcut printer's device on title & five engravings in the text. 6 p.l., 195,  pp. Small 4to, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Brescia: F. & P.M. de Marchetti, 1577. First edition of this notable and early work on pediatrics, with five charming engravings in the text, including one of an infant learning to walk using a four-sided wheeled "walker," another of a child being toilet trained, and another of a woman using a breast pump. "[Ferrari] refers to the inadequacy of earlier writings and proposes to deal with the subject in more detailâ¦In his introductory remarks Ferrarius makes the suggestion that a baby from the day of its birth should be placed under the supervision of a man trained in the art of preserving health: a step towards the modern Infant Welfare schemeâ¦ "The three parts of his book deal with the management of the nurse and her milk, the care and feeding of the new-born, and diseases of children. He keeps very close to the Greek and Arabian writersâ¦He subdivides skin diseases to a greater degree, and introduces a chapter on burns, a subject which figures frequently in books on affections of children during this and the next two centuriesâ¦ "His book is illustratedâ¦he figures an appliance for preventing the child from injuring its headâ¦Ferrarius was by no means inclined to regard either moral or physical influences as outside the scope of the physicians."-Still, The History of Paediatrics, pp. 147-51. There are four chapters on eye diseases, two on diseases of the ear, and five on the gums and teeth. Ferrari was a physician who practiced medicine in Verona. Fine copy. ? Durling 1494.
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