Lazare Rivière - Opera medica universa - 1737

Lazare Rivière - Opera medica universa - 1737
Medicine - Quantity: 1 - Book

Lazari Riverii Consiliarii, Medici ac Professoris Regii ... Opera medica universa : quibus continentur, I. Institutionum medicarum libri quinque, II. Praxeos medicæ libri septemdecim, III. Observationum medicarum centuriæ quatuor : quibus accedunt observationes variæ ab aliis communicatæ : itemque observationes infrequenti[um] morborum : ac denique ipsissima arcana Riverii plenè revelata : omnia non tantùm ab ipsomet authore ultimò revisa, emaculata locupletata, sed etiam à Joanne Daniele Horstio adornata, necnon à Joh. Jacobo Doebelio recensita : nunc verò singula peculiaribus suis indicibus illustrata.

This is a new edition ('Editio novissima') that draws together in a substantial folio all of Lazare Rivière's writings: [4], vxi [i.e. xvi], [4], 604, [35], [4], 92 pages.

Lazare Rivière, 1589-1655, became a professor at the Faculty of Montpellier in 1622 where he took the chair of Laurent Coudin which he kept until his death. He acquired a great reputation as a practitioner. He was advisor and doctor to Roy Louis XIII. His works, mainly his 'Institutiones medicae' (1655), were standard teaching texts, and his 'Praxis medica' (1640) contains many therapeutic indications: there is the formula of the anti-emetic potion also called 'Potion de Rivière'.

These important texts are gathered here in the last edition of Rivière's works. His importance has been long recognised: see for example Louis Dulieu's article in 'Revue d'Histoire de la Pharmacie' (1960).

To this day, Riviere is remembered as the first to describe stenosis of the aortic valve, from a case that he treated in 1646. He describes this in the 'Opera' in th section entitled "Cordis palpitatio & pulsus inaequalitas." Riviere also brought Paracelsian iatrochemistry into the curriculum of the University of Montpellier, and it was under his auspices that Alexander Fraser introduced the Harviean theory of the circulation into the University's curriculum in 1636.

The book is presented in its original calf binding, with a little wear on head and tail of spine, and corners a little worn, but very attractive all the same.

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Lazare Rivière
Book Title
Opera medica universa
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition Thus
Original language
Geneva: Fratum de Tournes
Binding/ Material
37×25 cm
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