1761 Astruc Diseases of Women Medicine Gynecology Obstetrics Childbirth Baptism

ASTRUC, Jean

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“The most pretentious gynecologic work of the 18th-century, chiefly useful for its historical orientation.” (GM)

 

Jean Astruc was an 18th-century physician known for his medical treatises on venereal diseases and childbirth. Beginning in 1761, Astruc composed a four-volume work on the principles of female medicine. According to the Panckoucke Dictionary of Medicine,

“This treatise is remarkable for its great erudition, and is a very succinct description of the organs of women, and a fairly complete history of the art of childbirth, but that is its only merit. Moreover, it is full of false ideas, random assertions, and gratuitous hypotheses so that nothing is more obscure or more twisted than the theory of menstruation and the causes of childbirth. Astruc, anxious for the salvation of the innocents whom sin defiles before it begins, advises administering baptism by [vaginal] injection [before birth]!”

 

Astruc was mostly concerned with the health of the church, those entering into the church, and secrets of the church. He detested the Catholic Church for them not allowing proper criticism, which he had many concerns. His medical views corresponded to what was allowed through the Catholic Church, even though he fought for more.

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1761 Astruc Diseases of Women Medicine Gynecology Obstetrics Childbirth Baptism

 

“The most pretentious gynecologic work of the 18th-century, chiefly useful for its historical orientation.” (GM)

 

Jean Astruc was an 18th-century physician known for his medical treatises on venereal diseases and childbirth. Beginning in 1761, Astruc composed a four-volume work on the principles of female medicine. According to the Panckoucke Dictionary of Medicine,

“This treatise is remarkable for its great erudition, and is a very succinct description of the organs of women, and a fairly complete history of the art of childbirth, but that is its only merit. Moreover, it is full of false ideas, random assertions, and gratuitous hypotheses so that nothing is more obscure or more twisted than the theory of menstruation and the causes of childbirth. Astruc, anxious for the salvation of the innocents whom sin defiles before it begins, advises administering baptism by [vaginal] injection [before birth]!”

 

Astruc was mostly concerned with the health of the church, those entering into the church, and secrets of the church. He detested the Catholic Church for them not allowing proper criticism, which he had many concerns. His medical views corresponded to what was allowed through the Catholic Church, even though he fought for more.

 

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ASTRUC, Jean

 

Traité des maladies des femmes, … avec un catalogue chronologique des médecins qui ont écrit sur ces maladies …

 

Paris : P. Guillaume Cavelier, 1761. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 4 volumes
    • I – [1 blank], xxxii, 350, [1 blank]
      • 4 folding plates
    • II – [1 blank], viii, 423, [1] [1 blank]
    • III – [1 blank], xi, [1], 443, [1], [1 blank]
    • IV – [1 blank], xvi, 364, [4], [1 blank]
  • References: Panckoucke I, p. 403; Heirs of Hippocrates 508; Garrison-Morton 6019;
  • Provenance: Modern bookplate
    • Maurice Villaret
      • Maurice Villaret (7 September 1877 – 25 January 1946) was a French neurologist born in Paris.
      • He is remembered for his studies and experiments involving precision localization of vascular lesions of the brain. In 1917 he described what was to become known as “Villaret’s syndrome”. This syndrome is characterized by an ipsilateral paralysis of cranial nerve numbers IX, X, XI, XII, and sometimes cranial nerve number VII. It may also involve the cervical ganglia of the sympathetic trunk. Paralysis is caused by a lesion in the posterior retroparotid space.
      • He authored of the following works:
        • Le syndrome nerveux de l’espace rétro-parotidien postérieur.
        • Contribution à l’étude du syndrome d’hypertension partiale
      • Language: French
      • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
      • Size: ~6.75in X 4in (17cm x 10cm)

 

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3457

Category

Medicine & Science

Authors

ASTRUC, Jean

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

French

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete