ENLIGHTENMENT EPILEPSY

Traité de l'épilepsie ...

Paris, P.F. Didot, 1770.

8vo;[viii], 419; a few marginal paper flaws; occasional light browning; a very good copy in contemporary calf, slightly rubbed, upper joint cracking but firm.

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The scarce first edition of Tissot’s important monograph on epilepsy, the “first book on this subject to show all the characteristics of Enlightenment in medicine. Written in the French vernacular, it is at once learned, scientific, and readable...” (Temkin, The Falling Sickness p. 229).

Though styled on the title as “tome troisième” of his Traité des nerfs & de leurs maladies, the present treatise was actually published before any other part of the larger work appeared in print. Tissot explains the reason for this in his preface.

Blake p. 454; NUC records three further locations, New York Academy of Medicine, University of Wisconsin, and Princeton; see Heirs of Hippocrates 980 for the Traité des nerfs & de leurs maladies (“one of the most significant portions of this work is his monograph on epilepsy”).

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