Frans LaBoë (Franciscus Delaboe - Sylvius)
Franciscus Sylvius was a German physician and anatomist, founder of Iatrochemistry, a trend that treated all diseases chemically. He was born in Hanau, Northern Germany but lived and worked in Holland. He obtained his medical degree from University of Basel, Switzerland in 1637 and appointed professor at University of Leiden, Holland in 1658. Eleven years later, in 1669 he was named chancellor of the same university.
Sylvius was a prolific writer publishing studies on digestion and organic fluids. His main work entitled Idea praxeos medicae (A new idea of practicing medicine) published in 1672 is included in the volume we have in our collection, republished in 1695 as a comprehensive volume. Containing over 1200 pages, the work includes detailed description of bedside medicine as well as one hundred case descriptions.
Editorial note: Andrew I Spielman
1695 Digital Version
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