A 1556 [colophon, 1557] octavo: 314 pages in eighteenth-century hard vellum. A lovely fresh copy (two small stains on page 2 and 4 are inoffensive). In excellent condition.
One copy is listed as published in 1551, with different pagination and publisher, and with fewer case studies.
This very scarce book permits us to eavesdrop on a lecture programme delivered by one of Bologna’s leading medical teachers: Benedetto Vettori da Faenza (1481-1561), also known as Benedictus Victorius Faventinus. Clearly, in Europe’s oldest medical school (founded 700 years ago) rote learning, rigid adherence to the medical classics, and dutiful and unquestioning note-taking by students were not the whole picture. Vettori’s book consists of 44 case studies discussed in class – a year’s worth I would guess.
I have been unable to discover much about the author, Professor Vettori. Cristiani’s little repertory lists his various roles, first as a professor of philosophy and then in various roles in teaching medicine from 1510 until 1561.
Interestingly, there is reference made to Vettori’s teaching postgraduate students from 1541 onwards, so it seems not unreasonable to suppose that the collection of lectures gathered in Consilia medicinalia was intended for such students.
The book consists of case studies discussed in class – the image of the ‘Professor’ professing from his chair or the ‘Reader’ reading an iconic text from his podium misses the informality evident from Vettori’s lectures, 44 in all.
Fascinating case studies from ‘ad alui dolorem’ (pain in the rectum, not listed in 1551), ‘ad menstruorum suppressionem’ (suppression of menstruation) and ‘urinae ardorem’ (excessive urination).
- Nombre de livres
- Auteur/ Illustrateur
- Benedetto Vettori
- Titre du livre
- Consilia medicinalia ad varia morborum genera
- Bon état
- Année de publication de l’ouvrage le plus ancien
- 1ère édition dans ce format
- Langue originale
- Venice: Ex officina Stellae, Jordanis Zilletti
- Nombre de pages
- 15.5×10 cm