Dumonchaux, Pierre-Antoine-Joseph (1733-1766): Anecdote de médicine, ou choix des faits singuliers qui ont rápport à l’anatomie, la pharmacie, l’histoire naturelle, &c. auxquels on a joint des anecdotes concernant les médecins les plus célebres. Premiere partie. Seconde partie
[Dumonchaux, Pierre-Antoine-Joseph] (1733 – 1766)
ANECDOTES DE MÉDECINE, OU CHOIX DES FAITS
SINGULIERS QUI ONT RAPPORT À L’ANATOMIE, LA
PHARMACIE, L’HISTOIRE NATURELLE, &C. AUXQUELS
ON A JOINT DES ANECDOTES CONCERNANT LES
MÉDECINS LES PLUS CÉLEBRES
A Lille, J.B. Henry, Imprimeur Libraire sur la GrandPlace, M.DCC.LX.VI (1766)
Description : 2 parts bound in one volume – [in 12mo] pp. (4), 312 ; ix,
(1), 309, (3).
MEDICAL CURIOSITIES. A very nice pocket edition of this treatise by Pierre
Dumanchaux in which many strange, curios and indeed bizarre medical cases are
reported. Some are just very curious stories including those of an alleged patient
that loses its memory during summer times and especially in hot days, and that of
an excessively vigorous catalan husband on whom a limit had to be put on the number of times he
could enjoy sexual intercourse with his wife ( no more than six times per night, compared to his
previous ten which was deemed excessive) other case include those of a person said to be an incredible
eater, able to eat an entire pig, and so on. Mentioned are also medical practices of faraway territories like
China, the middle and far East, and many other anecdotal sources. Definitely an interesting and
amusing reading for any practitioner.
Two parts bound together in one volume. Contemporary binding in half morocco, four raised bands
and gilt letter piece on spine, woodcut head and tail pieces in text, with some woodcut decorated initial.
Good interiors, with usual spotting and foxing due to age and kind of paper.
Cfr.: BARBIER, Dictionnaire des Ouvrages Anonymes., Paris, (1872), I, 180 ; COPAC UK Edinburgh
Main Library – Special Collections ref .H.31.43; KB, Royal Danish Library, Det Kongelige Bibliotek, ref.
190:2.14.00031; WELLCOME, Catalogue of the Printed Books in the Wellcome Historical Medical
Society, London (1962-95), Vol. II p. 497