Rouen, J. Lucas 1675.
8vo. [ii blank], [ii], 59, p.
Contemporary stiff vellum wrappers.
First Edition. The first part reports an autopsy performed on 18 January 1675 by five physicians — the author in the lead — on the corpse of a 65-year-old Parisian woman, who had died from multiple abdominal tumors. Every incision is recorded, the color, texture and contents of every growth described. The second part contrasts fertilized human eggs and the cancers just documented. The third part chemically analyzes the tumors and conjectures their cause(s). Houppeville immediately came under fire and issued a substantial defense in 1676. I locate one copy in the U.S. In original condition.
¶Osler, Bibliotheca osleriana 3013; Wellcome…Catalogue of Printed Books III: 304.