Hoffmann, Fri[edrich].


Denuò revisa, correcta & aucta, in Sex Tomos Distributa; Quibus Continentur Doctrinæ Solidis Principiis Physico-Mechanicis, & anatomicis, atque etiam observationibus clinico-practicis superstructæ. Methodo Facili ac Demonstrativa Deductæ, & per experientiam LVII. annorum stabilitæ. Cum Vita Auctoris, Et ejus Præfatione de differente medicinæ & medicorum statu atque conditione, & criteriis boni ac periti medici. Genevæ Apud Fratres de Tournes 1740.
1st Ed. Collected works. 6 vols. bound in 4. Folio. Rubric t.p. to vol. 1. b/w. to remaining vols. all with devices, dec. head and tail pieces and initial letters, port. frontis. Latin text. Some browning, some mainly marginal waterstaining, presentation bookplates, vol. 5 with mainly marginal minor worming upto pp.271 with some silking to heavier affected leaves, faint institutional ink stamp to, contemporary calf boards, some wear with some loss to extremities, nicely rebacked in modern gilt lettered calf. Friedrich Hoffmann (1660-1742). Heirs of Hippocrates 456. ‘... Hoffmann was a prolific writer and in this work provides a comprehensive view of the medicine of his day. He was the chief designer of the mechanico-dynamic system, in which health is conceived of as normal movement and disease as disturbed movement. Hoffmann based his treatment on the use of sedatives, tonics, alteratives and evacuants, according to the condition responsible for causing the disease. Apart from his system, Hoffmann was one of the premier practioners of his day and one of the first to give good description of appendicitis, chlorosis, rubella, and convulsive asthmas with dropsy. He also wrote treatises on such subjects as pediatrics, physiology, pathology, medical ethics, and personal hygiene.’ Welcome III, p.285; G & M 72 ‘Hoffmann of Halle was the most important of the Iatromechanists. He believed an ether-like “vital fluid” to be present in the nervous system and to act upon the muscles, giving them “tonus”.’
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