Item I/iv/15 - Tractatus de Corde

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Tractatus de Corde


  • 1957 (Accumulation)
  • [1669] (Publication)

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8vo, 1 volume

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LOWER, RICHARD, second son of Humphrey Lower, Tremeere, Bodmin, Cornwall, and Margery, dau. of Richard Billing, Hengar, St. Tudy, Cornwall; bapt. 29 Jan 1631/2; adm.; KS; elected to Christ Church, Oxford 1649, matr. 27 Feb 1650/1, Westminster Student; BA 17 Feb 1652/3; MA 1655; MB and MD 1665; assisted Dr. Willis in the preparation of his book Cerebri Anatome Nervorumque Descriptio et Usus, 1664; left Oxford in 1666 and commenced medical practice in London; the most noted physician of his day; FRS 17 Oct 1667; FRCP 29 Jul 1675; a pronounced Whig in politics; a skilful anatomist and experimental physiologist; the first to transfuse blood from one animal into the veins of another; author, Tractatus de Corde, 1669, and two other medical treatises; m. 17 Nov 1666 (IGI) his cousin Elizabeth, widow of Samuel Trelawny, and dau. of John Billing, Hengar, St. Tudy, Cornwall; d. 17 Jan 1690/1. DNB.

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  • Latin

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  • Latin

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7 folding plates. An imperfect copy, 3rd leaf of dedication torn

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  • English


  • Latin


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