Hoffman RC201.45 .A75
Jean Austruc was educated at Montpellier, one of the great
schools of medicine in early modern Europe, where he received his masters
degree when only seventeen, and at nineteen he submitted his dissertation on decomposition
for his doctorate of medicine. He became one of the most learned men of
18th Century France, publishing books in both medicine and religion.
In medicine he is best known for his invaluable history
of venereal disease, De morbis venereis, first published in Latin
in 1736. It was translated into English the next year. In it he included
references to the writings of some six-hundred authors, as well as
arguing that sailors returning with Columbus after discovering America
introduced syphilis to Europe.
This is a copy of the second edition, published in
1740. The Hoffman Library also has a copy of the first, 1736, edition
(Hoffman DC200.A2.A88 1736).
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