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CHARLETON (Walter). Spiritus Gorgonicus, vi sua saxipara exutus; sive de causis, signis, et sanatione lithiaseos, diatriba.1650

Leiden: Elsevir, First edition, 12mo (145 x 85 mm), [12], 242, [2, blank]pp., woodcut printer's device on title page, later vellum, a very good copy. Walter Charleton, 1620–1707), was an unusually gifted physician, zoologist, and archaeologist who studied physics, theology, and natural history. Physician to Charles I and one of the founders of the Royal Society and later served as its president. Influenced by the writings of Jan Baptista van Helmont, Charleton's book deals with a lithogenic spirit supposedly responsible for the formation of stones in the digestive and urinary tracts. Willems, 674; Wellcome, no. 9433676; Osler, W. Bib. Osleriana, 2288; DSB III, 208.

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