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RUEFF, Jakob
The expert midvvife, or An excellent and most necessary treatise of the generation and birth of man
E[dward]. G[riffin]. for S[imon]. B[urton], 1637. FIRST EDITION thus. 4to. pp. [xvi], 192, 120. A-N , 2A , 2B-2H . Woodcut initials and headpieces, typographical ornaments, very numerous woodcut medical illustrations, several full page, early shelf mark on rear fly. Light age yellowing, first two lines of printed title replaced in excellent facsimile, minor spotting, marginal soiling in places, general light paper browning. A good copy in modern calf, covers bordered with a double blind rule, spine with raised bands, a.e.r. First and only edition of this anonymous translation into English of 'De conceptu et generatione hominis' the celebrated manual of obstetrics. The text is an improved version of Rösslin's 'Der Swangern Frauen' but its importance to the embryologist lies in Rueff's illustrations which show contemporary ideas about mammalian embryology, which corrected many of Rösslin's more fantastic images, and which are copied in this English edition from Jost Amman's fine woodcuts. The book is addressed not only to midwives, pregnant women and women in childbed but also physicians and scholars in general. "Little is known of Jacob Rueff's early life except that he was born in 1500. Although primarily known as a physician, surgeon, and lithotomist, he was also a poet and writer of folk songs... His medical writings include a little book on tumours, astronomical notes for an almanac, and charts for blood letting. But easily his most important contribution was the publication of a practical handbook on mid-wifery in 1554. Published simultaneously in Latin and German, De c … [Click Below for Full Description]
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