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Foreest, Pieter van. Observationum et curationum medicinalium libri duo: Nempe decimussextus de pectoris pulmonisque vitiis ac morbis: Et decimusseptimus de cordis ac quibusdam mammillarum affectibus. Lugduni Batavorum: Ex Officina Plantiniana, apud Franciscum Raphelengium, 1593. 8vo (15.9 cm, 6.26"). , 498,  pp. $875.00
Foreest, a.k.a. Petrus Forestus (1521–97), was a dedicated and accomplished Dutch physician so respected by his peers that his tombstone reads "Hippocrates batavus si fuit ille fuit" (If there ever were a Batavian Hippocrates, it was he). He first began publishing his Observationes, collections of case studies with his notes on diagnosis and treatment, in 1584; the present work is the => first edition of the 16th and 17th books in what eventually grew to be a series of 32 printed by the continuation of the Plantin Press, comprehensively covering 16th-century thought on practical medicine. Examined here are various => diseases affecting the chest and heart.
Early editions of Foreest's observations are not common, particularly not outside of Europe; a search of WorldCat finds only five U.S. institutions reporting holdings of this first edition (Yale, University of Chicago, Harvard, National Library of Medicine, University of Texas).
Adams F767; Durling 1614. See also Heirs of Hippocrates 205 (for third vol.). Period-style quarter calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label, gilt-dotted raised bands, and gilt-stamped fleurons in compartments between gilt rules; binder's ticket on back pastedown. Title-page with early inked ownership inscription (obscure). Upper margins trimmed closely, in some cases touching headers and pagination. Pages age-toned, with scattered early penciled marks of emphasis and one early inked marginal annotation; variable instances of dust-soiling, the very occasional spot, and one page with an old wax adhesion partially obscuring a few letters, otherwise clean. => A solid, readable copy in a handsome recent binding. (40610) Please RESHELVE This.
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