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Aetius of Amida, Tetrabiblon, books 9-15

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Written in the same handwriting throughout, much contracted, with headings and capitals in red. The date would appear to be 16th century. The pages are watermarked with a grappling-iron within a ring, surmounted by a star.

1. ff. 1r-52v. Book 9. On the stomach, intestines and internal diseases. 51 chapters.

2. ff. 52v-81v. Book 10. Diseases of the liver and spleen, dropsy, etc. 32 chapters.

3. ff. 81v-110v. Book 11. Diabetes, and affections of the kidneys, bladder and penis. 35 chapters.

4. ff. 110v-149r. Book 12. Gout, arthritis and diseases of the joints. 48 chapters.

5. ff. 149r-208v. Book 13. Bites of human beings and animals, and poisons. 133 chapters.

6. ff. 208v-276r. Book 14. Diseases of the rectum and genitalia, ulcers, abscesses, etc. 87 chapters.

7. ff. 276r-316r. Book 15. Tumours and swellings. 43 chapters.


16th century

Physical description

316 folios Folio. 33 × 22 cm. Old leather binding, gilt tooled, rebacked.

Biographical note

The text contains seven of the sixteen books of Aetius of Amida (A.D. 502-575), a Syrian physician practising at Constantinople.

Ownership note

On flyleaf: "Ex Bibliotheca Askeviana. P. ii. Art. 546. J. SIMS."

Finding aids

Described in: Warren R. Dawson, Manuscripta medica. A descriptive catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Medical Society of London (London, 1932).

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