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Performing surgery and curing diseases in the East and West Indies, mostly based on Galen and Hippocrates

VERBRUGGE, Johannes.
Examen chirurgicum, oder vollkommene praxis chirurgico-medica in welcher nebst einer kurtzen, iedoch vollständigen anatomie alle chirurgicalische fundamenta ...
Dresden, Johann Christoph Zimmerman, 1704. 8vo. Contemporary boards. [16], 608, [32] pp.
€ 3,500
First edition in German of a surgical work by the Dutch surgeon Johannes Verbrugge (ca. 1633-1681). Verbrugge regularly refers to Hippocrates and Galen, mainly on the principles of surgery. The work covers surgical procedures both on land and at sea, starting with the more basic information: where to find specific organs and what surgical tools are available. It also deals with more practical matters: how to fix things like broken ribs or a broken nose, and how to cure specific diseases. The text was used by the VOC and the WIC on their voyages, and includes diseases that could be found on "foreign coasts", like Greenland and New Guinea. The original Dutch edition, entitled Examen van land- en zeechirurgie..., was first printed at Amsterdam in 1674, and was reprinted many times during the following era. The Dresden based physician Martin Schurig (1656-1733) translated it into German.
With owner's inscription on title-page and some manuscripts annotations in the margins. Browned throughout with some occasional spots. Binding rubbed along the extremities, slightly soiled. Overall a good copy. VD18, 1038717X; cf. Landwehr VOC, 821 (second 2nd ed.ition in German); BMN I, p. 297 (second 2nd ed.ition in German); not in Blake.
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