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Lot nr:929
Book nr:37137
Author:[RODRIGUEZ de CASTELLO BRANCO, Joćo] pseud: AMATUS LUSITANUS
Title:Curationum medicinalium centuriae quatuor
Town:Venice
Publisher:Balthesar Costantini
Year:1557
Description:8vo, [16] - 645 - [66] pp, woodcut printer's device (Froben), woodcut initials, tears repaired in pp. 129-130 and 141-144, damp stains, rest. in the last 2 lvs, wormholes in the second part. Worn calf binding, with some loss of leather at the ends of the spine, with the title in ink on the fore-edge
Note:Bookplate dr. R. Rickaert. Ref. Adams A-916 ; this edition not in Wellcome. This excellent collection of clinical cases was first published in-folio by Froben in 1556.
Amatus Lusitanus (a.k.a. Joćo Rodrigues de Castelo Branco) was probably the most significant Jewish physician of the 16th century, although he remains one of the lesser-known medical authors of that era. A native of Castel Branco in Portugal, he was a descendant of a Jewish family named 'Chabib' (beloved), which translates into Latin as 'Amatus'; the second part of his Latin name, 'Lusitanus', means "of Portugal" His parents were "Marranos", or New Christians.
There's a reasonable basis to assume that it was Dr. Amatus who first discovered the "Blood circulation" phenomena.
In 1568 he died while treating patients during the plague
Price:€300 - €500
Sellingprice:€320
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