PETIT, Antoine.

Extrait des Lecons de Monsieur Petit Docteur Regent de la faculté de Paris. [Followed by:] Notes sur les Maladies des trois premiers Mois de la Grossesse. [Followed by:] Cours de Physiologie par Monsieur Antoine Petit Docteur Regent de la Faculté de Paris commencé le Sept 8bre Anno 1765.


4to 244 [i.e. 243] pages, 266 pages, 176 [i.e. 175] pages. Pp. 81–84 in the first part missing, pp. 240–243 in the first part loose but present. Contemporary calf, spine gilt in compartments (ends of spine very worn, label missing), two old paper library labels (one chipped) on spine. Corners of front endpapers and first leaf worn away, diminishing wormtrack in lower blank corner of some 20 leaves towards the end. Pencilled ex libris of William O’Grady, Ireland 1819 on rear endpaper.

MANUSCRIPT in three parts in a very legible hand, probably a fair copy although the first and third sections end in the middle of a sentence (there are no blank leaves). The first and second parts are on obstetrics and the third is on physiology. The first begins with female anatomy, and progress to generation, the signs of pregnancy. The greater part is on the illnesses during the first three months of pregnancy, the middle of pregnancy, and the last three months, followed by illnesses of the foetus in the womb. The second part begins with the same three periods of pregnancy and then progresses to natural birth and assisted birth. With the fortieth lecture begins a section on abnormal conditions of the child and the mother, including hernia and caesarean section, etc. The last part of this section is on the care and cure of abnormal conditions of the infant. The third section, on physiology, includes lectures on the choice of food and drink, digestion, bile, chyle, blood vessels, the function of the heart, the pulse and the blood (a long section), secretion, etc. etc. According to Hirsch, the lectures of Antoine Petit (1722–1794) on anatomy, surgery, medicine and especially obstetrics were very well attended and he himself was one of the most respected and beloved practitioners in Paris. In 1746 he became regent and in 1760 member of the Académie des Sciences (although he is still described as Régent in this manuscript dated 1765). Later he was appointed to the chair of anatomy at the Jardin du Roi.


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