De Arte Medica Infantium, Libri Quatuor. Quorum duo Priores de tuenda eorum sanitate, posteriores de curandis Morbis agunt...
by FERRARI, Ognibene.
Woodcut printer's device on title & five engravings in the text. 6 p.l., 195,  pp. Small 4to, attractive antique half-calf & marbled boards, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Brescia: F. & P.M. de Marchetti, 1577. First edition of this notable and early work on pediatrics, with five charming engravings in the text, including one of an infant learning to walk using a four-sided wheeled "walker," another of a child being toilet trained, and another of a woman using a breast pump. "[Ferrari] refers to the inadequacy of earlier writings and proposes to deal with the subject in more detail...In his introductory remarks Ferrarius makes the suggestion that a baby from the day of its birth should be placed under the supervision of a man trained in the art of preserving health: a step towards the modern Infant Welfare scheme... "The three parts of his book deal with the management of the nurse and her milk, the care and feeding of the new-born, and diseases of children. He keeps very close to the Greek and Arabian writers...He subdivides skin diseases to a greater degree, and introduces a chapter on burns, a subject which figures frequently in books on affections of children during this and the next two centuries... "His book is illustrated...he figures an appliance for preventing the child from injuring its head...Ferrarius was by no means inclined to regard either moral or physical influences as outside the scope of the physicians."-Still, The History of Paediatrics, pp. 147-51. There are four chapters on eye diseases, two on diseases of the ear, and five on the gums and teeth. Ferrari was a physician who practiced medicine in Verona. Fine copy. ❧ Durling 1494. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5291)
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