Title page of Servin Pineau's De virginitatis, 1650.
Hoffman RG91.P64 1650


              SEVERIN PINEAU (1550?-1619)
              LUIGI BONANCCIUOLI (d. 1540)
                 FELIX PLATTER (1536-1614)
               PIERRE GASSENDI (1592-1655)
               MELCHOI SEBISH (1578-1674?)

   This volume is actually a collection of gynecological and obstetrical texts by five authors, gathered under the names of Severin Pineau and Luigi Bonacciuoli.  This edition was published in 1650.
   Sererin Pineau was a Parisian physician and surgeon to the king. His is chiefly remembered for his work in gynecology and obstetrics. His treatise, De virginitatis notis, graviditate & partu, was at the time considered to be quite frank because of its discussion of virginity and its loss. In fact some copies this book were confiscated because of the subject matter.
     Luigi Bonacciuoli practiced medicine in Ferrara. This book was the first publication of his De conformatione fetus, concerning the fetus.
     Felix Platter was one the first German anatomists to dissect the human body. He is best known for his De corporis humani structra et usa,  published in 1583. The present work contains his treatise, De origine partium, earumque in utero cinformatione, in which he writes about the origin of arteries, veins and nerves.
   Frenchman, Pierre Gassendi , was not only a doctor, but also  scientist and philosopher. This volume contains the only published version of De septo cordis pervio, observatio, which is the first description of the foremen ovale of the heart.
    Melchoi Sebish was a professor of medicine at the University of Strassbourg. In this book, he too looks at virginity in his De notis virginitatis.



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