Obseruationes medicæ et curationes insignes

Lazarus Riverius, Paris, 1655 (Google Books)

In September 1664 whilst in Montpellier, Lister read Lazare Rivière’s Obseruationes medicæ. Lister noted that he focused upon chapter four, the fourth set of 100 observations of disease and treatment.

Rivière (1589-1655) was a professor of medicine at Montpellier (appointed in 1622), and was best known for introducing Paracelsian chemical remedies to the University.1.  His Institutiones medicae (1655) had long been a teaching text.

Lister donated a 1646 edition of Rivière’s work to Oxford.

  1. For Rivière see Albrecht von Haller, Bibliotheca medicinae practicae, 4 vols. (Basel: Johanne Schweighauser, 1776-1788) vol. 2, 461; Louis Dulieu, ‘Lazare Rivière,’ Revue d’histoire de la pharmacie 54,190 (1966), 205-11.

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