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    Shinkyu bassui taisei [trans.: Complete Essentials of Acupuncture and Moxibustion] by OKAMOTO, Ippo

    Many woodcut illus. in text. 33; 19; 20; 29; 26; 14; 12 folding leaves. Seven vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers (rather rubbed, some marginal worming in Vol. V & minor worming in Vol. VII), orig. block printed title label on each upper cover, new stitching. Osaka: Okada Saburoemon kanko, 1699. First edition of this very rare book on acupuncture and moxibustion, the taking of the pulse, and traditional Chinese medicine. This was one of the three most important works of clinical medicine of the Edo period. The text clearly describes taking the pulse of patients, both of adults and children. The nine tools used at that time for acupuncture are described and illustrated (several of them are still in use today). The present work is an elaboration of the influential work on moxa and acupuncture "Shinkyui bassui, by an unknown author or editor, published complete in five volumes in 1685. This treatise refers to an earlier Chinese work, unnamed, but probably meaning the Rei-su (or Ling-shu), traditionally ascribed to the famous Chinese physician-emperor, KO-TEI (or HWANG Ti). The detail available in Shinkyu bassui, especially regarding descriptions and instructions for use, is impressive - no less than 22 sections consider the following aspects of moxa and acupuncture: theory; relationship to the pulse; stomach; other internal organs; treatment (which was differentiated by sex); the 'philosophy' of acupuncture; cautions in the use of acupuncture and moxa; the preparation and use of moxa cones; how to remove needles (including a separate section on needles which are broken off in the skin); how to twist the needle; how to hit the needle (with a mallet); how to use the needle with a tube; the use of needles (with a separate section on their use in the treatment of boils); on the names of spots (not the 'right spots') where - with extreme caution - acupuncture and moxa can be used (regarded as 'secret' spots, not for the use of beginners in the art); how to measure for location of sites to apply treatment; on needles in general; on names and lengths of bones; and, finally, on interrelations among nerves."-Mestler, A Galaxy of Old Japanese Medical Books...Part II. Acupuncture and Moxibustion..., p. 476. Okamoto (active 1685-1733), was a late-17th-century Japanese author who wrote a series of popular explanations of contemporary medical works and earlier medical classics. He came from a family of physicians. Very good set.



    Manuel des Maladies du Coeur et de leur Traitement Dosimétrique by BURGGRAEVE, Adolphe Pièrre (1806-1902)

    Gand,: the author,, 1888.. 120 pp. Small 8vo (12 x 18.5 cm.). Original printed wrappers, entirely uncut and unopened. Burggraeve, the aged and learned Belgian physician was the founder of Dosimetric medicine, and author of some outstanding works (.i.a. a magnificent study on Vesalius, cf. Choulant). In 1876 he published his major work, "Répertoire universèlle de médecine dosimétrique" and traveled widely in Europe to popularize the theory detailed in the book of chemotherapy based on alkaloids. In the present manual, he strongly advocate the use of coffee.-(Besides some dust soiling to the wrappers and some scattered foxing, a fine copy with ample margins). Rare.



    De behandeling van hartziekten.... vertaald door E. Arrias by JAGIC, N. v. & Ernst FLAUM

    Leverkusen,: Bayer,, 1936.. 372 pp. 8vo. (15.5 x 23 cm.). Original cloth. With 7 illustrations. ¶ "Theapeutische Mededeelingen <<Bayer>>". Copy with the signature and business card of P. Bremer, arts te Groesbeek (Nijgegen).



    Clinical Nuclear Cardiology by Robert J. Parkey

    1978-11-01. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. May be ex-library. Shipping & Handling by region. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!



    De urinis et pulsibus de missione sanguinis de febribus de morbis capitis, et pectoris. Inscribed Presentation Copy by Bellini, Lorenzo

    Bologna: ex typographia HH. Antonij Pisarrii, 1683. First edition. Inscribed by Bellini Bellini, Lorenzo (1643-1704). De urinis et pulsibus de missione sanguinis de febribus de morbis capitis, et pectoris. 4to. [20], 606 [i.e., 608]pp. Woodcut ornaments. Bologna: ex typographia HH. Antonij Pisarrii, 1683. 216 x 161 mm. Vellum c. 1683, title hand-inked on spine. Leaf Aaaa2 torn and repaired at an early date without loss of text, otherwise a fine copy. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed at the foot of the title: "All' Illmo Conte Tommaso della Gherardesca. l'Autore." First Edition, inscribed by the author. This is the first inscribed copy of a major seventeenth century medical classic that has been on the market in more than a decade. Bellini, professor of anatomy and medical theory at Pisa, was one of the Italian founders of iatromechanics, a system that framed physiologic events such as the circulation of the blood in terms of mathematical and physical principles. Bellini's De urinis et pulsibus represents the first important attempt by an Italian scientist to systematically apply iatromechanics to medical theory. "William Harvey's theory of the circulation was of fundamental importance to Bellini and other proponents of iatromechanism. Bellini asserted that good health depended on optimal function of the circulation of the blood, and that disease was a manifestation of an inefficient circulation. Rejecting ancient humoral pathology, he viewed blood as a physical fluid with specific properties that could be interpreted in terms of mathematical and physical principles. . . . Bellini emphasized that disease was often due to alterations in the elasticity or 'tone' of the solids, or in the density of the fluids which hindered their motion. This, in turn, could cause local congestion or stagnation. Bellini's enthusiastic support of therapeutic bleeding reflected this pathophysiologic concept. He tried to prove that this phlebotomy increased the velocity of the circulation, thereby washing away 'morbid matter' and restoring health" (Fye, pp. 181-82). In the book's section on diseases of the chest, Bellini reported "several forms of heart disease, especially of the syncopal type . . . in his book De urinis et pulsibus, Bellini discusses the state of the coronary arteries and admits that the condition which he calls 'pressio' is dangerous and may cause the contraction of the heart to be abolished (p. 541). He also has in mind external pressure by tumors, fat and so on. However, an intra-arterial coronary impediment of blood-flow by calcification was clearly described by this author. Bellini reported of a patient who died of a condition similar to the clinical picture of coronary disease as we now understand it, in whose coronary arteries he found a 'stone.' It seems quite reasonable to deduce that Bellini saw in the post-mortem a coronary occlusion" (Leibowitz, History of Coronary Heart Disease, p. 71). Bellini's work is also important in the history of urology, as it marks the first important contribution to the chemical analysis of urine. Recognizing the value of urine as a diagnostic aid, Bellini insisted on its chemical analysis in pathologic conditions. Bellini presented this copy of De urinis et pulsibus to Tommaso della Gherardesca (1654-1721), a distinguished member of an important Tuscan aristocratic family and as such a likely patron. Gherardesca was appointed bishop of Fiesole in 1702 and archbishop of Florence in 1703; he also founded the Seminario Maggiori di Firenze in 1712. The rarity of this inscription by Bellini cannot be overestimated. This is the first inscribed book by Bellini we have seen on the market in more than 40 years and it is also the first inscribed copy of a major seventeenth century classic on any aspect of medicine that we have seen on the market in more than a decade, possibly longer. In addition this copy is clearly in the original binding in which it was presented, and with the exception of one leaf, which was inexplicably torn through and repaired, the copy is in fine, even very fine condition for a work of this period. Garrison-Morton 762.1, 4162. Fye, "Lorenzo Bellini," Clinical Cardiology 20 (1997): 181-82. Dictionary of Scientific Biography. Willius & Dry, History of the Heart and the Circulation, p. 64. Murphy, History of Urology, pp. 147-48.



    Vegetable Staticks: Or, An Account of some Statical Experiments on the Sap in Vegetables: Being an Essay towards a Natural History of Vegetation. Also, a Specimen of an Attempt to Analyse the Air, By a great Variety of Chymio-Statical Experiments by HALES, Stephen

    19 engraved plates. 4 p.l., ii-vii, [2], 376 pp. 8vo, cont. calf (expertly rejointed), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering pieces on spine. London: W.& J. Innys, 1727. [with]: - . Statical Essays: containing Haemastaticks; or, an Account of some Hydraulick and Hydrostatical Experiments made on the Blood and Blood-Vessels of Animals...To which is added, an Appendix, containing Observations and Experiments relating to several Subjects in the first Volume...With an Index to both Volumes. xxii, [26], 361, [23] pp. 8vo, cont. calf (upper joint with a tiny split at head), double gilt fillet round sides, spine gilt, red morocco lettering piece on spine. London: W. Innvs, R. Manby, & T. Woodward, 1733. First editions and a very fine, fresh, and crisp set in matching bindings; these are great classics of experimental science. This set belonged to the great biologist Abraham Trembley (1710-84), who is best known for his pioneer studies of hydra; he has been called "the father of experimental zoology." He has signed the title-page at the foot of Vol. I (along with the maiden name of his wife, Strassen). In the first volume, Hales "studied the movement of sap in plants and discovered what is now known as root pressure. He measured the amount of water lost by plants through evaporation and related this to the amount of water present in a given area of soil in which the plants were growing. He estimated rain and dewfall in this connexion, measured the rate of growth of shoots and leaves, and investigated the influence of light on plants. He experimented on gases and found that they were obtainable from plants by dry distillation. He was the first to realize that carbon dioxide was supplied to plants by the air and formed a vital part of the plant's food supply. These experiments led the way to those of Ingenhousz and de Saussure, while his ideas on combustion and respiration facilitated the discoveries of Black, Lavoisier and Priestley... "The second volume contains the studies in blood pressure which make Hales one of the founders of modern experimental physiology. The application of the principle of the pressure-gauge or manometer enabled him to measure blood pressure during the contraction of the heart. He computed the circulation rate and estimated the velocity of the blood in the veins, arteries and capillary vessels and by showing that the capillary vessels are liable to constriction and dilation he made an important contribution both to the study of physiology and the practice of the physician of today...Hales's work marked the greatest advance in the physiology of the circulation between Harvey and the introduction of the mercury manometer and other instruments for the measurement of blood pressure by J. L. M. Poiseuille in 1828."-Printing & the Mind of Man 189. Uniformly bound sets of first editions are of great rarity. &#10087; I & II: Horblit 45a & b. I: Dibner, Heralds of Science, 26. II: Garrison-Morton 765-"the single greatest contribution to our knowledge of the vascular system after Harvey, and led to the development of the blood-pressure measuring instruments now in universal use.".



    Signed First Day Cover by LOWER, Richard R. (1930 - 2008)

    Rochester, MN, 1964. unbound. 3.75 x 6.5-inch First Day Cover commemorating the Mayo Brothers, postmarked Rochester, Minnesota on September 11, 1964, with an embossed metallic cachet depicting a physician working in a laboratory. Boldly signed "Richard R. Lower" and "Louis B. Russell" (Heart Surgeon and Transplant Recipient). Near fine condition. American surgeon and pioneer in heart transplants. He created the Shumway-Lower approach and taught the procedure to Dr. Christian Bernard in 1966, setting the stage for the latter's first successful human heart transplant one year later. On August 24, 1968 Lower performed a heart transplant surgery whereby Louis B. Russell lived for six years with his new heart, longer than any previous recipient.



    Primum Movens, ultimum moriens. Over organisatie en desorganisatie van de hartfunctie by DURRER, D

    Amsterdam,: Scheltema & Holkema,, (1958).. 19, [i, blank] pp. 8vo (16 x 24 cm.). Original printed wrappers. Durrer's inaugural address, University of Amsterdam, 3 February 1958.



    Ueber das Herzschlagvolumen, besonders im kalten und warmen Bade. Contained in: Zeitschrift fur Experimentelle Pathologie und Therapie. Vol. 9, Article XXVII, pp. (382)-392, 1911. by BORNSTEIN, Arthur

    Berlin:: August Hirschwald, 1911., 1911. Thick 8vo. viii, 736 pp. 26 plates (some folding or in color). Original half black cloth over marbled boards, gilt-stamped spine title, modern slipcase; slipcase cloth frayed. Exlib stamp on title-page, bookplate of Andras Gedeon. Very good. This early cardiac physiological study deals with the blood minute volumes in a cold bath versus a warm bath.



    A hitherto undescribed form of valvular and mural endocarditis by Libman, Emanuel and Benjamin Sacks

    1923. Libman, Emanuel (1872-1946) and Benjamin Sacks (1896-1971). A hitherto undescribed form of valvular and mural endocarditis. Offprint from Transactions of the Association of American Physicians 38 (1923). 14pp. 230 x 153 mm. Without wrappers as issued. Fine copy. First Edition, Offprint Issue of Libman and Sacks's first paper on Libman-Sacks endocarditis, a form of nonbacterial endocarditis that is one of the most common cardiac symptoms of lupus. The following year Libman and Sacks published an expanded account of the disease (largely based on the present paper) in Archives of Internal Medicine (see Garrison-Morton 2855).




    [48] leaves, Gothic type, ca. 32 lines. Small 4to (210 x 150 mm.), 19th-cent. cloth-backed marbled boards, red morocco lettering piece on spine. Padua: M. Cerdonis, January 1484. First edition of the first printed book on the pulse. The art of feeling the pulse dates back to legendary antiquity in both Greek and Chinese medicine and is still used as a scientific method of investigating the functioning of the heart. De Pulsibus is a textbook composed in verse by the French physician and humanist Gilles de Corbeil (fl. 1200), the celebrated French physician who was a pupil of the school of Salerno and Montpellier and later went to Paris, where he was archiater to Philip Augustus and probably taught in the university. Called by Neuburger "the transalpine herald of the glory of the school of Salerno," Gilles composed three important medical poems that amplified and paraphrased the entire Salernitan doctrine in Latin hexameters. The first poem, on urine, appeared in print in 1483; it was considered the classical text on uroscopy until the end of the 16th century. The present work, on the pulse, appeared in 1484 and Gilles' third work was on the virtues of compounded drugs. "The description of the different kinds of pulse, methods of examining the patient, of studying the urine, advice about the behaviour of the physician, and invectives against the pharmacists are presented in facile and elegant form."-Castiglioni, p. 316. Gilles de Corbeil's texts were "of great influence in transmitting the teachings of the school of Salerno."-Stillwell 648. The text contains the valuable commentary of Gentile da Foligno (d. 1348), the prominent professor of medicine at Bologna, Perugia, Siena, and Padua. He was the first European physician to perform a dissection on a human being. The editor was Avenantius de Camerino (15th-16th cent.). Fine and large copy. Bookplate of Frederic Cheron. &#10087; Garrison, An Introduction to the History of Medicine, p. 151. Goff A-92. Klebs 464.1. Sarton, II, pp. 440-41.

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