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    First Collected Edition of Important
    Greek Medical Writers

    Caelius Aurelianus [Siccensis] atrib., Soranos of Ephesos and Oribasios [Oribasius]. Caelii Aureliani Siccensis Tardarum Passionum Libri V./ D. Oribasii Sardi Iuliani Caesaris Archiatri. Euporiston lib III, Medicinae compen: lib. I. Curationum lib. I. Trochiscorum confect: lib I. Basle:, 1529. First Edition. Folio. a6, b4, A-T6, V4, X6. [20],345,[1]pages. Many woodcut initials. Eighteenth century green calf spine over marbled boards. Spine with gilt rules, titles stamped in gilt on red morocco label. Bookplate of "Norman Shaftel" on front pastedown. Faded inscription on title page, minor marginal dampstain, contemporary marginalia, minor worming (just touching a few headlines), minor foxing, and very wide margins. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "Let us now return to Greek physicians, of whom Soranos was perhaps the greatest in the six centuries separating Galen from Hippocrates... Our knowledge of Methodism is largely derived from Soranos' writings. It was an attempt to explain medical facts in a systematic way, but its dogmatism was moderate. They (the Methodists) were willing to take experiments into account, and the best of them, Rufus and Soranos, were making innumerable observations...two great works of Soranos dealing respectively with chronic and acute diseases had been translated in the fifth or sixth century by a Numidian doctor, Caelius Aurelianus. We know almost nothing about that early translator and yet his Latin text superseded the Greek original (which was lost) and his own name replaced that of the author!" "Oribasios wrote an encyclopedia of medicine in seventy books including all the ancient Greek medicine that had come to him; it was the more precious because many ancient fragments (otherwise lost) were quoted verbatim. The work was so bulky, however, that it failed to be preserved completely; only one-third of it has come down to us. He also wrote two smaller works, the Synopsis and the Euphorista [medical advice for travelers]... The first Latin translation was that of the Euphorista by Johannes Sichardt..." [George Sarton, The Appreciation of Ancient And Medieval Science During The Renaissance,1955.]

    VD 16 C28. Index Aurel.128.609. Adams A2251. Schweiger I,19. Hoffmann III,21. Durling/NLM 358. Garrison/Morton 1959.1. Norman 386. Sarton I,392. Stillwell 528 & 463. Choulant 208 & 124.

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