The Fallacies of Diagnosis

The Anatomie of Urines. Containing the Conviction and Condemnation of them. Or, the second Part of our discourse of urines. Detecting and unfolding the manifold falshoods and abuses committed by the vulgar sort of Practitioners in the judgement of diseases by the urines onely: together with a narrow survey of their substance, chiefe colours, and manifold contents, joyning withall the right use of urines…Collected, as well out of the ancient Greeke, Latine, and Arabian authors, as out of our late famous Physitians of severall Nations: their authorities quoted and translated out of the originall tongues, together with some of the Authors owne observations…Never heretofore published.

9 p.l., 127, [1] pp. Small 4to, 19th-cent. red half-morocco & marbled boards (minor staining here & there, A6 a bit chipped at head but not touching text), spine lettered in gilt. London: R. Field for R. Mylbourne, 1625.

First edition and quite uncommon. Hart (d. 1639), physician, studied in Paris and took his medical degree at Basel in 1609. He then travelled to Germany and on to Prague. Upon returning to England, he settled in Northampton where he established a practice and lived there for the rest of his life.

“Hart’s first published work was The Arraignement of Urines (1623), an abridged translation of De incerto, fallaci, urinarum judicio (1589) by Pieter van Foreest. This was followed in 1625 by [the present work]. Both works are dedicated to Charles I, then prince of Wales; they expose the fallacies of diagnosis by means of an examination of urine at the hands of ignorant persons, and attack three kinds of trespassers on the medical domain — unlicensed quacks, meddlesome old women, and, above all, clergymen.”–ODNB. Each work was independently issued.

Very good copy.

Price: $5,000.00

Item ID: 5540

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