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Davison, William."
Commentariorum in sublimis philosophi & incomparabilis viri Petri Severini Dani ideam medicinae philosophicae, propediem proditurorum prodromus. In quo Platonicae doctrinae explicantur fundamenta, super quae Hippocrates, Paracelsus & Severinus: nec non ex antithesi, Aristoteles & Galenus sua stabilivere dogmata.Including: Totius operis adumbratio. In qua hypotheses physiologiae profundiorum & insuetarum locutionum sensus, aequivocationum & synonimorum denodationes, indicationes diagnosticae, & leges curativae juxta authoris & Hippocratis mentem expanduntur.With 1 folded engraved plate, 1 folded printed table and 2 full-page engravings in the text. With an engraved vignette with coat of arms on the title-page of the Adumbratio.Including: Severinus, Petrus. Idea medicinae philosophicae. Continens fundamenta totius doctrinae Paracelsicae, Hippocraticae & Galenicae. The Hague, Adriaan Vlacq, 1660. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary calf, red morocco spine label with the title in gold, stored in a modern brown
[12], 708; [8], 212, [2] pp.Rare first edition, published in 1660, of William Davison's commentary on the highly influential work of the Danish Petrus Severinus, Idea medicinae philosophicae, originally published in 1571, here accompanied by an abridged edition of Severinus's own text, clearly published to accompany the commentary. Petrus Severinus (1542 or 1540-1602) became physician to the Danish court and was offered the chair of medicine at the University of Copenhagen, but died of the plague before he could take up the appointment. The Idea medicinae philosophicae, his most important and most ambitious work, was purported to contain the “entire doctrine of Paracelsus, Hippocrates and Galen”. It is a defence of Paracelsian doctrines in opposition to traditional medicine: because many new diseases had ravaged the continent and could not be controlled with traditional medicine, Severinus calls for new, more effective methods. The Scottish chemist, physician and surgeon William Davis(s)on (ca. 1593-1669) had been physician to King Louis Xiii and intendant of the Jardin Royal des Plantes in Paris, where he introduced public lectures in chemistry. When he published his Commentariorum he was physician to John Ii Casimir, King of Poland and his Queen Marie Louise de Gonzague.With an owner's inscription of Alex. Murray on the title-page and on the verso a note that the book was collated and found complete by J. Wright on 11 June 1723. With some marginal notes and marks in pencil. Binding skilfully restored. Binding worn around the edges, corners bumped, back hinge cracked. Some … [Click Below for Full Description]
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