De recondita abscessuu[m] natura libri VII. Marco Severino.
De recondita abscessuu[m] natura libri VII
De recondita abscessuu[m] natura libri VII
De recondita abscessuu[m] natura libri VII

De recondita abscessuu[m] natura libri VII

Publisher Information: Naples: Octavio Beltrani, 1632. Book Id: 46761

Severino, Marco Aurelio (1580-1656). De recondite abscessuu[m] natura libri VII. 4to. 24, 48, 52, 28, 48, 144, 192, [64]pp. Engraved title, 1 engraved plate and 12 full-page engraved illustrations in the text. Naples: Ottavio Beltrano, 1632. 185 x 130 mm. Vellum (probably 18th century), title gilt-lettered on spine. Engraved title trimmed, a few leaves starting and with frayed fore-edges, some foxing and toning, but very good. Bookplate.

First Edition. Severino’s De recondite abscessuum natura was the first textbook of surgical pathology, and the first to include illustrations of pathological lesions along with the text. “It is a complete treatise on swellings, which is still all the word ‘abscess’ conveyed . . . [Severino’s] tumor pathology is perhaps his best. He described tumors of the genital organs in both sexes, and colossal neoplasms, presumably sarcomas, of bones. He classified breast tumors in four groups, and his Mammarum strumae (“per quae differant a scirrhis”) is one of the best early discussions of malignancy and benignity in tumors of this organ” (Long, History of Pathology, p. 48). Severino’s work contains one of the first illustrations of cervical myelomeningocele (p. 129), as well as a horrific illustration of a patient suffering from syphilis, whose flesh appears to be melting from his bones (p. 122).

Severino was one of Naples’s most famous medical figures, gaining international fame as professor of anatomy and surgery at the city’s university and as chief surgeon at the Ospedale degli Incurabili in the city’s Spanish Quarter. His De recondite abscessuum natura, which went through several editions, “firmly established him as one of the leasing medical authorities of his day” (Heirs of Hippocrates 449, discussing the 1643 second edition). Garrison-Morton.com 2273. Goldschmid, Entwicklung und Bibliographie der pathologisch-anatomischen Abbildung, pp. 43-44 (1643 ed.).

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