8vo, pp. 43, [1 (blank)]; with engraved portrait frontispiece of Moscati; some light marginal damp staining; a very good uncut and partly unopened copy stab-stitched in original light blue paper wrappers; small areas of loss to spine, light staining to lower cover; ink inscription at head of upper cover ‘au Citoyen Cabanis Professeur de l’Ecole de Medicine de Paris L’Auteur’.
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Dell’ uso dei sistemi nella pratica medicina discorso inaugurale recitato dal cittadino professore Pietro Moscati ... nell’ aula dell’ Università di Pavia li 10 Ventoso anno VII Repubb. assumendo la cattedra di clinica medicina.
Scarce first edition of this inaugural address by the doctor and politician Pietro Moscati (1739–1824) on his assuming the chair of clinical medicine at the University of Pavia, this copy presented by the author to the distinguished French physiologist Pierre-Jean-Georges Cabanis.
Delivered in February 1799, Moscati’s discourse is a most interesting analysis of the historical impact of medical theory on medical practice, paying particular attention to the work of Herman Boerhaave, William Cullen, and John Brown.
During his long and varied career, Moscati served as director of the Ospedale Maggiore in Milan, as president of the first Directory of the Cisalpine Republic, and as director general of public instruction under Napoleon.
Provenance: presented by Moscati to Pierre-Jean-Georges Cabanis (1757–1808), successively professor of hygiene, of legal medicine, and of the history of medicine at the medical school in Paris, and friend and physician to Mirabeau. Cabanis’ principal work was in the field of physiological psychology, but he was also an early proponent of evolution, influencing Lamarck.
OCLC and Library Hub show three copies in the US (Harvard Medical School, University of Illinois, National Library of Medicine) and two in the UK (Royal Society of Medicine, Wellcome Library).
Blake, p. 314; Wellcome IV, p. 186.
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