King Tut has scoliosis; Julius Caesar was epilectic; King Herod had chronic kidney disease; Dr Samuel Johnson had Tourette Syndrome; King George III suffered from porphyria; Chopin had tuberculosis; Beethoven was probably born syphilitic; Charles Darwin had a mysterious illness that causes vomiting... hundreds of statesmen, artists, writers and military figures have suffered from maladies. It is only quite recently that doctors and historians have sought to diagnose these illnesses and consider how -- if at all -- they affected those that bore them.
Dr Augustin Cabanès pondered these questions at the end of the 19th century and was in this respect a pioneer historian of medicine. His four volume compilation offers what he describes as a 'secret cabinet of history' which he opens up in his capacity as a medical man.
The four volumes are beautifully presented in bright red morocco and in a limited edition:
First edition. Limited to just 102, each volume numbered. The volumes, most retaining their original paper covers, have been gorgeously rebound in 3/4 red calf and marbled boards. TEG, with untrimmed edges, and tissue-guarded plates.
The volumes cover a variety of medical problems as these affected well-known figures such as... Louis XV's illnesses, Louis XVI's impotency, Gambetta's eyes, Catherine de Medici's sterility, the madness of de Sade etc. There is primary source material as well as commentary.
Octavo on large and well-margined paper: 320, 314, 304, 209 pages, with silk ties and ex-libris.
[A recent selection of the work of Cabanès appeared as 'Comment le roi guérit de sa fistule : et autres indiscrétions d'un médecin de l'histoire' ( textes sélectionnés, introduits et présentés par le Dr Philippe Charlier, 2014)].
- Numero di Libri
- Medicina, Storia
- Autore/ Illustratore
- Augustin Cabanès, Dr
- Titolo del Libro
- Le cabinet secret de l'histoire, entr'ouvert par un médecin
- Anno di pubblicazione dell’articolo più vecchio
- Anno di pubblicazione dell’oggetto più recente
- 1° edizione
- Lingua originale
- Paris: Charles, Maloine
- Mezza pelle
- Edizione limitata, Edizione numerata, Tavole fuori testo