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Zoologia medicinalis hibernica, or a Treatise of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Reptiles, or Insects, which are commonly known and propagated in this Kingdom, giving an Account of their medicinal Virtues, and their Names in English, Irish, and Latin, to which is added a short Treatise of the diagnostic and prognostic Parts of Medicine, the former shewing how by the Symptoms you may know a Distemper, the latter giving an Account of the Event thereof, whether it will end in Life or Death.
First edition of a scarce text on the zoology of Ireland, with an index of Irish names. An early work on Irish zoology, the Zoologia was published by John Keogh (junior, 1680/1 – 1754) shortly after his Botanologia universalis Hibernica, or, a general Irish Herbal (1735). Both works promote the medicinal properties of their subjects, with ‘A short Treatise of the diagnostic and prognostic Parts of Medicine’ comprising almost half the present work.
The Zoologia is valued also for its indexes of the English, Latin, and Irish names of species.
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