On Monsters and Marvels

On Monsters and Marvels

by Ambroise Pare
     
 

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Ambroise Paré, born in France around 1510, was chief surgeon to both Charles IX and Henri III. In one of the first attempts to explain birth defects, Paré produced On Monsters and Marvels, an illustrated encyclopedia of curiosities, of monstrous human and animal births, bizarre beasts, and natural phenomena. Janice Pallister's acclaimed English…  See more details below

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Ambroise Paré, born in France around 1510, was chief surgeon to both Charles IX and Henri III. In one of the first attempts to explain birth defects, Paré produced On Monsters and Marvels, an illustrated encyclopedia of curiosities, of monstrous human and animal births, bizarre beasts, and natural phenomena. Janice Pallister's acclaimed English translation offers a glimpse of the natural world as seen by an extraordinary Renaissance natural philosopher.

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{This work is} delightful, elegant, informative. . . . The format of the book adds much to its value as commentary and to the pleasure of reading an important work in the history of medicine. Pare funnels the thoughts and beliefs of the ancient world through medieval concepts and ideas. Glimpses of the modern scientific enlightenment appear through occasional epidemiological observations. It is an insight into the way humans view the obscure, and readers also must take the work as suggesting how much further we must go to rid ourselves of the impedimenta of fabulous belief.

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ISBN-13:
9780226645612
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/10/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
9 MB

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