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Heirs of Hippocrates

The Development of Medicine in a Catalogue of Historic Books

Complete Record - Heirs of Hippocrates No. 66

ABU AL-QASIM KHALAF IBN ABBAS AL-ZAHRAWI (d. 1013?) Liber theoricae necnon practicae Alsaharavii. Impensis Sigismundi Grimm, & Marci Vuirsung 1519] [6] clix [1] ll. 28.5 cm.

Abu al-Qasim (or Abulcasis, or Albucasis, as he is variously known), a native of Cordova in Moorish Spain, may be classed with Avicenna in the importance of his great medical encyclopedia, al-Tasrif. It was published in three parts after the invention of printing: the pharmaceutical part in 1471, the surgical in 1497, and the present volume, the part on general medicine, in 1519, edited by the Augsburg physician and printer Sigismund Grimm (fl. 1519). The work was known to physicians and surgeons in the West as well as in the Moslem world. The woodcut vignette on the title page, showing six physicians animatedly examining a large tome, is signed HB, for Hans Burgkmair (1473-1531), the famous sixteenth-century painter and printmaker of Augsburg, although it may have been cut by the Petrarca Master, whose splendid woodcut printer's device appears on the last leaf.

Cited references: Cushing A16; Durling 21; Garrison-Morton 3048; Waller 175; Wellcome 11

Gift of John Martin, M.D.

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