Medical Research

A Flash of Medicine's Past

Empirical Observations

The Common Book That Became The Rare Book

So I ended up with a very small book, with the dimensions of around 3x5 inches and weighed approximately 1 pound, by Culpepper published in 1751 titled, “Complete and Experienced Midwife.” This book was probably used by lower-classed midwifes during the 18th century as a guide to child bearing and proper remedies for the diseases. At first glance of the book, the cover is made from leather and is probably the original cover, since the cover seems to used and scuffed with marks.

Early Modern Medicine: Far From the Medicine We Know

Mercurius Compilalitius: or, a Guide to the Practical Physician is the extravagant title of this three-hundred-year-old book written by Theoph Bonet available at the Osler Library for consultation. The binding is half ripped off due to its age. Its cover is hard and woody, with nothing written on it. It is of a dark brownish color with a tinge of red and the fore edge of this book is also of this same color. Only a few words are carved on the spine of the book. From far, it looks like a large brick.

Early Modern and Modern Medicine

     The rare book observed is called The Works of Ambrose Parey. It was published in the late 17th century, between the years 1678 and 1691. It is written in only English and it is a very big book. Its dimensions are around one foot in width, one and a half feet in length and one to two inches in thickness. The book’s size makes it also quite heavy. The cover of the book is very worn down.

Medical Knowledge

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Seeing is believing

Empirical Observations

Practical Knowledge

During the short trip to the Osler library organized by Marianopolis College, I had the honour of consulting A Guide to the Practical Physician by Theoph Bonet.