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MAYERNE, Théodore Turquet de
Medicinal Councels, or Advices: Written Originally in French, by Dr. Theodor Turquet de Mayerne, Kt. Baron of Aubonne, Counsellor and Chief Physician to the Late King and Queen of England. Put Out in Latine at Geneva, by Theoph. Bonetus. Englished by Tho. Sherley, M.D., Physician in Ordinary to His Present Majesty.
London, N. Ponder, 1677. - 8 leaves, 136 pp, 4 leaves [contents]. Recent full leather. Text browned. Very Good. First Edition in English. Wing M1428. Munk I: 163-68. "The only work that Sir Theodore Mayerne published, was the Apology . . . 'Apologia, in qua videre est, inviolatis Hippocratis et Galeni legibus, Remedia Chymice preparata, tuto usurpari posse Rupel. 1603.' He left his library, containing many MSS., to the College of Physicians. Some of these were published by Dr. Thomas Shirley, and others by Sir Theodore de Vaux, Mayerne's godson, and an honorary Fellow of the College" (Munk I: 168). "Mayerne's reputation as a physician, in his own time, was immense throughout Europe, but he was not, like his colleague Harvey, an original thinker. He and Harvey had indeed little in common, Harvey being as dismissive of chemistry as Mayerne was of the doctors of Padua. He was essentially an eclectic, who sought to incorporate Paracelsian and Hermetic ideas in a basically Galenic system. He was far more tolerant of the Galenist doctors of Paris than they of him, and sent his second son, James, to Paris to learn 'the solid foundations of medicine' from the men who had previously vituperated him. His proclaimed masters were, among the ancients, Hippocrates and Hermes Trismegistus; among the moderns, Fernel and du Chesne. His great contribution lay in his therapeutic practice, his careful and continuous observation of his patients, and his flexible response to their condition. This is recorded in his 'Ephemerides', a regular record, which shows him as an open-minded, rational, obj … [Click Below for Full Description]
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