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    Riviere, Lazare de la. Les Observations de Medecine... Qui Continnent Quarte Centuries de Guerisons tres Remarquables: Ausquelles on a Joint des Observations qui luy Avoient ete Communiquees. Ouvrage Tres-utile non Seulment aux Medicins Mais Encor aux Chirgiens & Apothicaires. Lyon: Guillaume Chaunod for Jean Certe, 1680. 8vo. a4, A-3L8. [Wellcome & NLM reports 8 opening leaves with the first blank which does not agree with ours. Another copy on-line also reports 8 pages before the text. It may well be that there are two variant editions as the other copies do not list Chaunod as the printer]. [8],823,[89]p. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine banded & gilt, head of spine a little worn, edges speckled red, manuscript index in an early hand on endsheets; name crossed-out on t.p., small hole in t.p. (no text affected), some light foxing and browning, owner's signature on rear paste-down with medical bookplate of "W. M. Weber". First French Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $450.00

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    Riviere (1589-1655) professor of medicine at Montpellier. "Riviere introduced Paracelsian iatrochemistry into the curriculum of the University of Montpellier, and added Potio Riveri to the pharmacopeia. It was under his auspices that Alexander Fraser introduced the Hareian theory of the circulation of the blood...Riviere is best remembered for having been the first to describe stenosis of the aortic valve." [Norman] His work Observationes Medicae was attacked by Gui Patin while it was still in the press. "The book of M. Riviere is the most miserable work I have seen. He is neither a philologian, nor a philosopher nor a physician. His whole book teaches nothing but charlatanism." (as quoted by Thorndike VII,527). Thorndike adds, "Evidently many readers of medical works did not share Patin's views..."

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