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July 2, 1932

Opuscula Selecta Neerlandicorum de arte medica.

JAMA. 1932;99(1):63-64. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740530065040

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This volume in the series of reprints of Dutch medical works, published by the Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, contains the writings of Bontius on tropical medicine and natural history. M. A. Van Andel writes an interesting introduction about Bontius and his career, with bibliographic and other details. Jacobus or James Bontius, 1592-1631, became doctor of medicine in 1614 and practiced in Leyden ("plague-doctor" in 1624-1625) until he was appointed doctor, apothecary and surgical inspector in the Dutch East Indies in 1626. He arrived in Batavia in September, 1627, and died, Nov. 30, 1631. During this brief but strenuous period he made for the first time "a more or less methodic survey of the principal diseases to be found in the Indian Archipelagio" and wrote in Latin an account of his medical studies as well as of botanic and zoological observations. This work is now reproduced in Latin text with English

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