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In the earlier volumes of this series have appeared writings of Dutch physicians of diverse times. The present volume contains "three specimens of the medicine of the sixteenth century" by Vesalius, Lommius and Forestus.
The great Vesalius is represented by a little known letter on blood-letting in pleuritis, written in 1539. This is his first attack on the anatomic teachings of Galen and centers on the origin of the vena azygos and the course of the arteries in the chest wall. The letter is reproduced in the original Latin and in Dutch translation and is preceded by a valuable introduction by M. A. Van Andel in English.
Then comes the Latin text of 1560 and the English translation of 1732 by Thomas Dale of Medicinal Observations by Jodocus Lommius, 1506?-1558?, with an interesting introduction (English) by F. M. G. De Feijfer. This work by Lommius was published originally in Antwerp
Opuscula selecta Neerlandicorum de arte medica. Fasciculus octavus quem Curatores Miscellaneorum quae vocantur Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde collegerunt et ediderunt. Drei Grepen int de 16e Eeuwsche Geneeskunde. Vesalius—Lommius-Forestus. JAMA. 1931;96(21):1823. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720470077034
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