Iatrapologia. Liber quo multa adversus barbaros medicos disputantur, collegiique modus ostenditur, ac multae quaestiones tam physicae quam chirurgicae discutiuntur...Ejusdem Quaestio, quae Capitis vulneribus ac phrenitidi medicamenta conveniant.
by INGRASSIA, Giovanni Filippo.
Woodcut printer's device on title. 12 p.l. (final leaf a blank), 431,  pp. 8vo, cont. limp vellum, remains of ties. Venice: G. Griffo, [1547?]. First edition of Ingrassia's second book, preceded only by the Praegrandis vtilisque Medicorum omnium decisio (Palermo: 1545). The 1544 edition of the Iatrapologia is a ghost (see the digital reproduction of the BSB copy of the so-called 1544 edition; it is identical with our edition). Ingrassia (ca. 1510-80), after studying medicine at Palermo and Padua, became professor of anatomy and medicine at the University of Naples in 1544. He was called to Palermo in 1556 by the Spanish viceroy of Sicily as protomedicus. In this position, Ingrassia "was concerned for the most part with problems of hygiene, epidemiology, and the general administration of Sicilian medicine. His activities included efforts to suppress quackery, to control the pharmaceutical trade, and to improve the conditions in hospitals...Ingrassia was responsible for the establishment of one of the first sanitary codes and a council of public health. He was also a founder of the study of legal medicine...Ingrassia is best known for his anatomical studies, admittedly based upon the methods and procedures of Vesalius, for whom he expressed the greatest admiration."-D.S.B., VII, pp. 16-17. A pioneer in the study of forensic medicine, hygiene, surgical pathology, and teratology, Ingrassia also discovered the "stapes" and denied the existence of the inframaxillary bone. He was also the first to describe scarlatina and was probably the first to recognize chicken-pox as a separate disease. This rare work is concerned with wounds to the head and methods of treatment. It is a collection of questions and disputes, directed against the Arab medical tradition (but very much part of it). Fine copy. As in other copies, a piece of paper covers the text on A3v to conceal a printer's error. ❧ Castiglioni, A History of Medicine, pp. 428-29. Durling 2545. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5233)
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