Rare first edition, printed in Bordeaux; the edition published in Paris in 1738 is more often encountered.
Found at the end of the book: "fin du premier tome"; Desault had planned a second volume devoted to gout and epilepsy, but it never saw the light of day.
The interest of this book lies essentially in the author's theories on the transmission of these diseases.
Desault speculated that syphilis and rabies were caused by imperceptible worms, capable of being transmitted and multiplying.
As far as tuberculosis is concerned, Desault believed that spit was the propagating agent of the disease, and he made the connection between nuts and pulmonary tuberculosis; he suggested an original hygienic treatment (horseback riding).
For rabies, he also had "the great merit of considering the anti-rabies therapy of his time to be totally ineffective". (Theodorides).
Pierre Desault - Dissertations sur les maladies vénériennes contenant une méthode de les guérir sans flux de bouche, sans risque & sans dépense. Avec deux dissertations, l'une sur la rage, l'autre sur la phtisie : et la manière de les guérir radicalement - 1733
Binding in good condition, light friction and some imperfections, damaged headcap with lacks, some lacks also on the covers, adorned ribbed spine, tinted red edges.
Inside in very nice condition, rare soiling, with some headbands, ornamental initials and culs-de-lampe. Fairly fresh inside.
- Aantal boeken
- Auteur/ Illustrator
- Pierre Desault
- Dissertations sur les maladies vénériennes
- Publicatiejaar oudste item
- Eerste druk
- Oorspronkelijke taal
- Aantal pagina‘s.
- 17×10 cm