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Osservazioni intorno a' Pellicelli del Corpo Umanocon altre osservazioni scritte in una lettera all' Illustriss. Sig. Francesco Redi.
FIRST EDITION. The first clinical and experimental proof of infection by a microparasite. Bonomo, a pupil of Redi, observed the scabies mite, which at that time was thought to be a consequence, not a cause, of the disease. With the aid of the microscope, Bonomo, in collaboration with Giacinto Cestoni, "was able to show that the scabies mite reproduces by laying eggs, and that it possesses mouth parts with which it penetrates the skin. The success of local therapies aimed at killing the mites enabled Bonomo to conclude that they were the cause of scabies, and that they transmitted the disease from scabies victims to healthy people -- the first clinical and experimental proof of a 'live' infection" (Norman).G&M 2529.1 (microbiology) and 4012 (dermatology). Norman Catalogue 265. Pusey, History of dermatology, pp. 44-45: "There is hardly a more interesting document in dermatology than Bonomo's letter..." Foster, A history of medical bacteriology and immunology, pp. 2-4: "Bonomo's beautiful discovery"4to, 1 leaf, 16 pages, 1 leaf (blank), 1 engraved plate. Modern soft boards in the style of Italian carta rustica.
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