De medicina

Dublin Core

Title

De medicina

Subject

Incunabula
Celsus, Aulus Cornelius
Excerpts

Description

One of the first medical books ever printed, the De medicina is a compilation of knowledge of diet, pharmacy, and surgery from the time of Imperial Rome, circa 30 A.D. In the Renaissance, Celsus' elegant style earned him the title of Cicero medicorum, the Cicero of physicians. His De medicina appeared in more editions than almost any other scientific text. It was printed four times during the fifteenth century, and over fifty editions had been produced by the nineteenth century.

The first edition of De medicina is notable for the appearance of a number of medical innovations and classic descriptions. These include the use of ligatures; surgical operations for crushing bladder stones and hernias; the first appearance of the terms insania [insanity] and cardiacus [heart disease]; plastic repair for mutilations of noses, lips, and eyelids; treatments for jaw fracture; and tooth extraction, fillings, and oral surgery. The De medicina also contains the first history of medicine, and it was Celsus who originally translated Greek medical terms into Latin.

Abstract

Excerpt from the beginning of Aulus Cornelius Celsus' De medicinia (Florence, 1478)

Creator

Celsus, Aulus Cornelius

Publisher

Nicolaus Laurentii

Date Created

1478

Rights

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Access Rights

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Is Part Of

Boston Medical Library Rare Books Collection (Ballard 257)

Format

text

Extent

excerpt ( 1 page)

Language

Latin

Type

text

Identifier

DigID0002515

Provenance

Purchased for the Boston Medical Library, 1941

Files

http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/0002515_dref.jpg

Citation

Celsus, Aulus Cornelius, “De medicina,” OnView, accessed June 20, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/12548.