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    Everard Maynwaring. Tutela Sanitatis: Sive, Vita Protracta. The Protection of long Life, and Detection of its brevity, from diaetetic Causes and common Customs. Hygiastic Praecautions and Rules appropriste to the Constitution of bodyes; and various Diserayes or Passions of Minde; dayly to be observed for the preservation of Health and Prolongation of Life. With A Treatise of Fontinellws or Issues. Whereunto is Annexed: Bellum Necessarium Sive Medicus Belligerans The Military or Practical Physician Reveiwing his Armory; Furnished with Medicinal Weapons and Munition against the secret invaders of life; fitted for all persons and assaults; with their safe and regular use, according to medical art and discipline. London: Peter Lillicrap for S. Thompson and T. Basset, 1664. Krown & Spellman retail: $1200. Second Edition. 8vo. ยน1,A-I8, Lacks I8 list of medicines with prices, facsimile of missing leaf laid-in,] [28], 118 (of 120)p. Title page in red & black, decorated initial, typographic head-pieces. Modern morocco, upper outer corner off penultimate leaf affecting pagination, minor stains and soiling. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Maynwaring, 1628-1699?, medical writer.

     

    "By 1663 Maynwaring had moved to London, where he established himself next to the Blue Boar, on Ludgate Hill as a 'doctor in physic and hermetick phylosophy'. An advocate of chemical medicine, Maynwaring dedicated his first works to two prominent patrons of Helmontian medicine: Tutela sanitatis (1663) to Prince Rupert, and Solamen aegrorum, sive, Ternarius medicamentorum chymicorum (1665) to George Villiers, duke of Buckingham... In 1665 Maynwaring was entrusted with the care of the pest-house of the society for employing the poor in Middlesex. His treatment of patients seems to have been successful, as he claimed that out of the eighty patients in his care, fifty-six recovered. In the same year Maynwaring was among the proponents of the Society of Chymical Physicians, which was meant to challenge the authority of the College of Physicians. Maynwaring adopted Jean Baptiste van Helmont's medical theories, favourably quoted from the works of Helmontians such as George Thomson, and became acquainted with George Starkey. He accepted van Helmont's view that the archeus or vital spirit was responsible for the main functions in the human body, and endorsed the Helmontians' criticism of the doctrine of the chemical principles. He singled out Thomas Willis's version of this theory as his target. An anonymous pamphlet (possibly written in 1668-9) attacked Maynwaring together with Robert Boyle and Christopher Merrett as enemies of learned medicine and of the College of Physicians. None the less Maynwaring never participated in the Helmontians' violent attacks on traditional medicine, and often censured unlearned chemists as well as empirics. In addition, unlike most of the Helmontians, he did not entirely rule out the use of phlebotomy. Like other advocates of chemical medicine Maynwaring defended the respectability of chemistry by arguing that it was part of the ancient learning which originated in Egypt with Hermes Trismegistus." [Oxford DNB]

    Wing M1517.ESTC r213837.  Krivatsy/NLM 7561. Hunter/Macalpine 171-2.



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