Q.D.B.V. Specimen inaugurale de usu medico tabularum baptismalium, matrimonialium et amortualium quod favente supremo numine auctoritate et consensu gratiosi medicorum ordinis in alma Universitate patria pro summis in medicina honoribus privilegiisque doctoralibus rite consequendis publico eruditorum examini subjiat Daniel Bernoulli, Joh. fil... ad diem 14. Junii 1771.

Basel, J.H. Decker, 1771.

Small 4to, pp. 28; with one folding typographical plate; woodcut head- and tail-piece; a very good, clean copy, in contemporary wrappers printed with floral patterns, slightly fading along spine; a very attractive copy of a rare book.


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First edition of Daniel Bernoulli’s doctoral thesis, a pioneering text on the medical applications of mathematical and statistical data. Bernoulli (Daniel junior) shows the potential use of demographic data from baptism, marriage and death records in physiology, pathology, semiology, hygiene, dietetics, even therapeutics. Kersseboom, Süssmilch, Halley, Deparcieux and other initiators of the statistical sciences are cited as the basis of a new proposed method bent on extracting complex medical inferences from a minimal set of data consistently recorded.

OCLC finds copies at Cornell, NLM, Leipzig and the Swiss National Library only.

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