ROSA, Michele.

De Epidemicis et Contagiosis Acroasis. Accessit scheda ad catarrhum, seu tussim, quam russam nominant, pertinens.

[Modena: no printer,] .1782

8vo, pp. 26, (2), 234. Pages 169–172 misbound near the beginning, some light foxing. Contemporary half sheep, a little worn.

FIRST EDITION. In 1782 Rosa was appointed professor of practical medicine and president of the faculty of medicine at the new university of Modena, which he made famous by the publication of this book on epidemics. “It is not without interest that Michele Rosa (1731–1812), of Rimini, professor at Modena (1782), believed that contagious diseases could be derived from disease germs, from the physical condition of the air, or from emanations from the ground. He attributed special importance to so-called abnormal physical constitutions (alterations of the atmosphere which modify the organism so as to predispose it to disease). This concept of the physical constitution was developed by various Italians such as F. Asti of Mantua, and C. Allioni...” (Castiglioni).


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