MAGATI, Cesare.

De Rara Medicatione Vulnerum seu de vulneribus rarò tractandis, libri duo. In quibus nova traditur methodus, qua felicissimè, ac citius quam alio quovis modo sanantur vulnera… Accessit huic editioni Ioannis Baptistae Magati Tractatus, quo rara vulnerum curatio defenditur contra Sennertum.

Venetiis [Venice]: Apud Io. Iacobum Hertz, .1676

2 parts in 1 volume, folio, pp. (viii), 178, (18); (iv), 172, (14), (2) blank. First title-page printed in red and black, separate title-page to the second part, some fine woodcut ornaments, text printed in double columns. Small (2 cm.) hole in lower margin of title. Eighteenth(?) century paper boards, spine slightly chipped, uncut, fine copy.

Second edition of an important surgical treatise, in which Magati pleads for conservative treatment and for the natural processes to be given the chance to heal wounds. Like Paré, Magati believed that gunshot wounds were not in themselves poisonous. “He proposed a rational treatment of wounds, which, in spite of the example set by Paré, were still being treated with unguents of various kinds. He maintained that frequent exposure of wounds to the air was deplorable, and that the introduction of sounds and lint produced dangerous putrefaction. He denied the need for cleaning and anointing and prescribed bandaging with simple linen, to be renewed only after five or six days. These precepts, like those of Paré, were soon forgotten, however, and the old errors were continued into the eighteenth century” (Castiglioni). Most of the second part is on wounds of the nerves and the head. See G&M 2143, the first edition of 1616. Zeis Index 113. Only three editions appeared, but spread over a long period — the third was published in 1733. To the present edition was added a treatise by Magati’s brother against the attacks of Daniel Sennert.


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