Opuscula anatomica & Tractatus de dentibus
|Autore||EUSTACHI, Bartolomeo (1500-1574).|
|Tipografo||Jan van der Linden|
|Dati tipografici||Leiden, 1707|
Two parts in one volume, 8vo; contemporary stiff vellum, inked title on spine; (12), 358, (6), 98, (12) + 47, (1) pp. and 8 engraved plates. A fine copy.
RARE SECOND EDITION (first Venice 1564) of the first book devoted to the structure and function of the teeth.
Eustachi is credited with being the first anatomist to study the teeth in detail. He based his work on the dissection of fetuses and stillborn infants, and in the Dentibus he described the first and second dentitions, pointed out that the crowns of teeth were composed of two separate layers (enamel over dentin), and provided a clear description of the dental pulp and root canal. He also set out to explain how teeth develop, and offered suggestions on how to treat various dental diseases.
The volume also includes the first specific treatise on the kidney, the first account of the Eustachian tube in the ear, the first description of the thoracic duct, and the Eustachian valve.
Garrison-Morton, 3668; DSB, IV, pp. 486-88; Hoffmann-Axthelm, pp. 141-42.