"Laurent Joubert was one of the most important medical humanists of the later 16th century, serving as counselor and physician to successive French kings as chancellor of the medical faculty of the University of Montpelier. His Erreurs Populaires [Popular Errors] went through many editions and reprinting, and the book was cited and imitated throughout Europe. Gregory David de Rocher published the first part of Popular Errors in 1989 [and] in this second volume, Joubert treats a wide range of topics. Food and drink, evacuations and bloodletting, heat and cold, are among the main areas covered [and] there are additional essays on the attitude of patients towards physicians, as well as a large collection of popular sayings. Also appended are important essays on poisons, supposedly miraculous abstinence from food, the language of the deaf, the health of princes. Taken together with the earlier volume, this is an invaluable edition of an important work."
Social History of Medicine
"De Rocher has made available in a clear, well annotated translation an important source of 15th-century medical belief and practice, which is a fine companion to his first volume of the Popular Errors."
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Joubert (1529-82), physician to Catherine de Medici and King Henry III took to vernacular French to warn the common people about the myths and misconceptions raging among them concerning health and medicine. The response (presumably from his peers who could read and afford books) encouraged him to write a second book, discussing appropriate personal conduct, maintenance of surroundings, attire, appetite and diet, the proper sequence of eating, the importance of beverages, and other aspects of daily life that affect health. A compendium of official doctrine and catalogue of unofficial thought from the 16th century. De Rocher's translation of the first volume was published in 1989. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)