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Heirs of Hippocrates

The Development of Medicine in a Catalogue of Historic Books

Complete Record - Heirs of Hippocrates No. 1353

FRANCESCO ANTOMMARCHI (1780-1838) Derniers momens de Napoléon. Chez Henri Colburn 1825 Vol. I: viii, 404 pp.; Vol. II: [2] 295 pp. 21.8 cm.

Napoleon spent the last years of his life in exile on the island of St. Helena and, during the two years before he died, he was attended by the physician Antommarchi. Antommarchi has been portrayed as merely being Mascagni's (see No. 1098 ff.) prosector and a man of questionable character. Not only was he Mascagni's assistant at Florence but he was also a physician having studied at Livorno and Pisa where he received his medical degree. Nevertheless, the fact remains that he did publish Mascagni's work under his own name (see No. 1102). Written in diary form, this book records many quotes from by Napoleon as he expressed his feelings and reminiscences about past victories and defeats. Of special interest is the "Testament de Napoléon" executed at his Longwood residence on April 15, 1821. The prospectus for the book and two reviews are also included.

See Related Record(s): 1098 1102

Cited references: Waller 17392a; Wellcome II, p. 49 (Paris ed.)

Gift of John Martin, M.D.

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