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Instituzioni della chirurgia

Identifier: MSS 2/331

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a bound manuscript volume titled "Instituzioni della Chirurgia," ca. 1600-1650, a transcription of the text, [n.d.], and an annotated English translation typescript of the text, [n.d.]. The manuscript volume is divided into four parts: Institutes of Surgery; Phisology (labelled Part I); On Pathology (labelled Part II); and On Therapeutics (labelled Part III). Each part contains a preface and chapters. The chapters in the first part are Origin of medicine, On surgery and the surgeon, On the aim of surgery, On the division of surgery, and On the method and division of the [lectures].

The second part contains chapters titled: Elements, On temperaments, On the blood, On arteries and veins, On the circulation of the blood, On the lymph and its vessels, On the glands, On the nerves and animal spirit, On the solid parts of the body and their division, On muscles and their movements, On ligaments, cartlages and bones, and On the four integuments of the body. The chapters of the third part are On health and disease, On the essential differences of disease, On the causes of disease, On symptoms and accidents, On diagnosis signs, and On prognostic signs. The final part contains chapters On the method of medication, On the [symptom], On the general cure of diseases, On the [methods] of surgery, On the second means or instruments of surgery, On the third method or instruments of surgery i.e. fire, On surgical operations according to the system of [Sennerto], On bandages, sutures and glue to close wounds, On the use of taste [probes], and On the ferules [splints]. The chapter titled On the [methods] of surgery in the fourth part discusses the use medicines.

This chapter is subdivided into sections: About repellent medicines called by the [the Greeks] apocustico, On resolvent medicines, On medicines that mitigate pain called anodynes, On attracting medicine called [epispastics] by the Greeks, On suppurants, On vulnerary medicines and on those which stagnate the flow of blood, On healing and cicatrix making medicines called sarcotic and epulotics by the Greeks. Bound in the front of the manuscript volume is a short description of the text written in english by Charles G. Leland and dated 22 May [18]96. The transcription and translation typescripts are undated and annotated.

Collection includes english translation of manuscript.


  • circa 1600-1650


.2 Linear feet (1 document box)

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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States