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May 01, 2018

De Medicina

The second book in the Herbal Collection of the Allen Memorial Medical Library, and the first book in the Marshall Collection, is the 1481 edition of De Medicina by Aulus Cornelius Celsus.

As noted in Johnston's work on the Cleveland Herbal Collection, the CMLA edition is bound in vellum with both red and black leather tags on the spine which announce the Author and the Title and Year.

The work itself is divided into 8 Books which cover the topics of a sensible diet; prognosis and diagnosis of disease and symptoms; internal ailments and diseases; local bodily diseases; treatment by drugs of general diseases; treatment of local diseases; and two final books on surgery. The final two books receive some special treatment in an artcle by Kockerling in Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery from 2013: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3627856/. According to Johnston's work, De Medicina was part of a larger set of works by Celsus which have now been lost, but were, it is asserted, derived from Hippocrates. The 1481 edition is the second, the first having been printed in 1478 at the direction of Pope Nicolas V, and was one of the first books on medicine and surgery published after the invention of the printing press. The CMLA copy has no illustrations or plates. It is a quarto with 152 leaves, and a table of contents. There is various bits of damage, including some water staining and worm holes throughout. The text is accompanies by marginalia, and the author's name is written on the bottom edge of the text block. Online, there are various translations of the text. http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Cels.

Posted by twh7 at May 1, 2018 04:17 PM


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