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Le catéchisme de la médecine physiologique, ou dialogues entre un savant et un jeune médecin . contenant l'exposé succinct de la nouvelle doctrine médicale, et la réfutation des objections qu'on lui oppose.

BROUSSAIS, François Joseph Victor.

Published by Paris, Au Bureau des Annales de la Médecine Physiologique, chez Mlle. Delaunay [half-title verso: De L'imprimerie de Lachevardiere Fils], 1824., 1824
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8°, contemporary speckled calf (worn at corners, slight wear to spine ends), smooth spine gilt with black morocco lettering piece, marbled endleaves, edges sprinkled. In very good condition. (2 ll.), xii, 468 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of this explication of Broussais's system of "physiological medicine," written more for a lay audience than for a professional one. Broussais's theory is described in the Dictionary of Scientific Biography as "a kind of 'Brownism' in reverse, in which the phenomena of illness are different from those of health only in intensity . [All illnesses] came under the heading of gastroenteritis, and consequently [were] treated by repeated bleedings and debilitating diets." The theory of médecine physiologique was based on Broussais's pioneering studies of chronic inflammations, which led him to the landmark finding that "fevers are only reactions to certain given inflammations." Although very popular during the 1810s and 1820s, Broussais's theory was rejected during the 1830s, particularly after it proved disastrously ineffective in explaining and treating the cholera outbreak of 1832. An English translation of the Catéchisme was published in London, 1825, and a Spanish translation appeared in Paris, 1827.Broussais (1772-1838), one of the most prominent French physicians of his time, published many works on physiology, cholera, mental illness and phrenology that were widely translated and reprinted in Europe and the United States. His research on chronic inflammations, published in Histoire des phlegmasies chroniques (Paris, 1808), was conducted while serving as a military doctor with French forces in Spain during the Peninsular War. Appointed a professor of medicine at the Val de Gras, Paris, Broussais founded the influential journal Annales de la médecine physiologique (Paris, 1822-34). Near the end of his life he became famous for his lectures on phrenology and on the relationship between life and stimulus.*** On Broussais, see Dictionary of Scientific Biography II, 507-9 and Nouvelle biographie générale VII, 531-5. Not in Wellcome. Copac locates a copy at Royal College of Surgeons of England and another at Royal Society. NUC: NjP, PPC, PPULC (calling for only 468 pp.). Bookseller Inventory # 20578

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Title: Le catéchisme de la médecine physiologique, ...

Publisher: Paris, Au Bureau des Annales de la Médecine Physiologique, chez Mlle. Delaunay [half-title verso: De L'imprimerie de Lachevardiere Fils], 1824.

Publication Date: 1824

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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