De curandis vulneribus sclopettorum
Publisher Information: Lyon: Apud Gulielmum Rovillium, 1560.
Botallo, Leonardo (1519-87). De curandis vulneribus sclopettorum. 8vo. 150pp. Lyon: Apud Gulielmum Rovillium, 1560. 158 x 101 mm. Later half vellum, mottled boards, light rubbing. Some light marginal dampstaining, a few side notes touched, but very good. Bookplate.
First Edition of Botallo’s treatise on the treatment of gunshot wounds. Earlier authorities such as Giovanni da Vigo believed that gunshot wounds were poisoned and required the most drastic treatment, but in his own practice Botallo arrived independently at Paré’s opinion that such wounds could be treated successfully with milder methods. “Leonardo Botallo, physician to Charles IX of France, in his treatise on gunshot wounds (1560) opposed the practice of Vigo and Ferri, regarded such lesions as contused wounds, which were too zealously explored, sounded, dilated and enlarged. He condemned reckless dilatation and in extraction, used curved sounds and shortened forceps” (Garrison, Notes on the History of Military Medicine, p. 113). Botallo’s treatise “was also concerned with the neurological effects of cranial injuries and the indications for treatment” (Dictionary of Scientific Biography).Book Id: 50574