De morbis artificum diatriba

Autore RAMAZZINI, Bernardino (1633-1714).
Tipografo Antonio Capponi
Dati tipografici Modena, 
Prezzo 7800.00
De morbis artificum diatriba

The first systematic treatise on occupational diseases

8vo (174x110 mm). VIII, 360 pp. Contemporary mottled calf, gilt spine with four raised bands, sprinkled edges (small loss to the front panel, spine and corners a bit worn, joints weakened). On the front flyleaf the engraved bookplate of Guido Dagnini. Some foxing at the beginning of the volume, small light stain to the outer margin of two leaves, a very good, genuine copy.

RARE FIRST EDITION of the first book devoted to occupational diseases. It was reissued by the author in Padua in 1713 with corrections and additions and before the middle of the 19th century more than 25 separate editions and translations were published.

Ramazzini practiced medicine in Modena and was professor of medicine at Modena and at Padua. He is universally considered the founder of a new medical discipline, occupational medicine and industrial hygiene.

De morbis artificum diatriba, his masterpiece, is the first work to systematically address diseases connected to specific professions. The book deals with miner's diseases; lead-poisoning in potters; silicosis in stonemasons; vision-related problems in gilders, printers and other graphic artisans; diseases among metal-workers; and even diseases more prevalent among monks, nuns, capitalists, and scholars. Ramazzini was also the first to recognize the social significance of occupational diseases. The book presents the results of life-long research and practical experiments into methods of preventing and/or curing labourers' illnesses across no less than 52 trades and professions, among which the profession of the pharmacist and those of Jewish people as second-hand cloth dealers and rag-pickers were proved to be almost equally dangerous.

“Ramazzini was the first to recognize the social significance of occupational diseases and his book appeared at a most opportune time, since, with the beginning of industrial development in the eighteenth century, prevention of accidents from machinery and the general health of workers became increasingly important” (Printing and the mind of man, no. 170).

“Like many prominent physicians of his day, Ramazzini was a highly versatile individual – clinician, epidemiologist, sanitarian, poet, philosopher, and scholar. He was a prolific author and wrote on such subjects as the water supply of Modena, cattle plague, personal hygiene, and the abuse of cinchona. The present work, an early treatise on occupational diseases and the history of industrial medicine and hygiene, is regarded as his most important work. He discusses the diseases of over fifty occupations including miners, potters, masons, wrestlers, farmers, nurses, soldiers, and many others. In discussing the etiology, treatment, and prevention of these diseases he often goes back to Hippocrates, Celsus, and Galen, and, after summarizing their observations, relates his own experiences with the various diseases” (Heirs of Hippocrates, p. 186).

Garrison-Morton, 2121; Waller, 7727; Krivatsy, 9366; P. di Pietro, Bernardino Ramazzini. Biografia e Bibliografia, Fidenza, 1999, p. 131; Norman, 1776.

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