The Plague

WEDEL (Georg W.) – ULRICH (Daniel Henricus, respondent)Dissertatio medica exhibens aegrum laborantem Peste, quam in illustri ad salam Academia, praeside viro nobilissimo & excellentissimo DN. Georgio Wolffgango Wedelio… Responsurus autor Daniel Henricus Ulrich.

Jenae, Typis Viduae Samuelis Krebsii, (1681).

8vo, modern paper boards. 36 pp. (including the title). Complete.

First Edition.

Georg Wedel (1645-1721), one of the greatest and most celebrated German physicians, who also distinguished himself in the fields of history, philology, and classics.

He began his practice at Gotha, where the Duke Ernst von Sachsen-Gotha had offered him a position as medicus provincialis (country physician). He then settled at Jena where he was appointed professor of medicine at Jena university, the largest and most prestigious German university during the 17th century. Wedel was considered by his contemporaries as an important iatrochemist who dedicated his long academic activity mainly to the introduction at Jena of the iatrochemical principles of both Sylvius de Le Boë and van Helmont. Along with his extended practice, teaching, and writing, Wedel corresponded regularly with well-known physicians in Germany and throughout Europe. He was received into the Academia Naturae Curiosorum (1673) with the name of Hercules I. Successively, he was appointed (in 1679) first physician to the reigning Duke of Weimar and privy counselor and physician to the Duke of Saxony. In 1694 the Emperor Leopold conferred upon him the rank of Count Palantine. In 1706 he became a member of the Royal Society of Sciences at Berlin and in 1716 imperial counselor to Charles VI and a month before his death, first physician of the Elector of Mainz, Lothario Francisco.

Wedel was a scholar, humanist, and a prolific writer. He brought out new editions of older writers with his own prefaces, and was the author of more than 300 disputationes, consilia, responsa, orationes, and epistolae, and of several works in medicine, chemistry, and pharmacology, all written in fine Latin. As a chemist he first discovered the Sal volatile plantarum, and introduced into practice certain medicines which bear his name. He contributed various dissertations to the literature of chemistry. A strong supporter of iatrochemical principles, he was also a staunch believer in alchemy, assigning to it great antiquity. An excellent pharmacist, he was acquainted with numerous drugs, simple and compounded, with their efficacy and risks (Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 1979, 55, 10).

Bookplate of August van Schevensteen.

Pages a bit browned, a very good copy.

Ref. Krivatsy, A Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Printed Books in the National Library of Medecine, 12843 / Wellcome, MST.171 / Not in Biblioteca Osleriana

Price: 1.000,00 euros

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