RUYSCH, F. Observationum Anatomico-Chirurgicarum Centuria. Accedit Catalogus Rariorum, quæ in Museo Ruyschiano asservatur. Amst., H. & Widow of Th. Boom, 1691. 2 parts in 1 vol. (16), 138, (2); (4), 120 pp. W. 46 (partly fold-out) engr. plates and 2 woodcuts in text. 4°. Cont. cf. (Skilfully rebacked, corners dam./worn, tear in 1 plate, name entry on ti., slightly browned/foxed in places, but else a fine copy).First edition of a collection of miscellaneous medical observations also containing a catalogue of specimens in Ruysch's anatomical collection, one of the most important of its kind in 17th-century Holland, later acquired by Tsar Peter the Great. Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), surgeon and anatomist, professor at Leiden and Amsterdam, was the first to demonstrate the occurrence of blood vessels in almost all tissues of the human body, made many important anatomical investigations including those of the valves in the lympathics, the bronchial arteries, and the vascular plexuses of the heart, and he was the first also to point out the nourishment of the foetus through the umbilical cord. - Hirsch-H. IV 934; Waller 8337; Eales I 649.
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