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Gabriele Falloppio - bibliography

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Italian anatomist, born 1523, Modena; died October 9, 1562, Padua. His name is also commonly given as Gabriel Fallopius, or Gabriello Falloppio.


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  • Volcher Coiter (1534-1576):
    Lectiones Gabrielis Falloppi . . . Diversorum animalum sceletorum explicationes.
    Noribergae, in off. T. Gerlachi, 1575.
    Coiter was a pupil of Fallopius and Eustachius, and became town physician of Nuremberg. His book on comparative osteology, contained in his edition of the lectures of Fallopius, extended his studies begun in his work of 1572-1573. Coiter's study of the skeleton of the foetus and of a child six months old was the first study of developmental osteology and showed where ossification begins. The copperplate engravings are after drawings by Coiter.
  • Thomas Theodor Kerckring (1640-1693):
    Spicilegium anatomicum, continens observationum anatomicarium rariorum centurriam unam, necnon osteogeniam foetuum, in qua quid cuique ossiculo singulis accedat mensibus. quidque decedat et in eo per varia immutetur tempora, accuratissime oculis subjicitur.
    Amstelodami, sumpt. A. Frisii, 1670, 1673. Gabriele Falloppio
  • Observationes anatomicae.
    Venetiis, apud Marcum Antonium Ulmum, 1561. 222 pages.
    Photographic reproduction with annotated Italian version, 2 volumes, Modena, 1964.
    Fallopius was a poor man and published this book at his own expense. It is not a general and systematic textbook of anatomy but an unillustrated commentary or series of observations on the De humane corporis fabricae of Vesalius, in which Falloppio sought to correct errors committed by his illustrious predecessor and to present new material hitherto overlooked. His criticism, contrary to a characteristic of that age, is temperate and friendly, so that it is not uncommon to find the object of the criticism referred to as the «divine Vesalius», upon whose scientific foundations Falloppio, as a worthy successor, was willing to admit that he had based his own work. Since the Observationes anatomicae is not an all-inclusive study of anatomy, it never received the popular acclaim given, for example, to the De re anatomica (1559) of Colombo. It is, nevertheless, a work of greater originality.
    In the preface to the Observationes anatomicae there is promise of a much larger, more detailed, illustrated work, mentioned as if it were well on the way toward completion. No trace of it remains today.
  • Libelli duo, alter de ulceribus: alter de tumoribus prater naturam. Venice 1563.
    This treatise on the diseases of the skin (ulcers and tumours) is one of the most complete of its kind up to the time of its publication.
  • De morbo Gallico [sic] ... Additus etiam est in calce De morbo Gallico tractatus, Antonii Fracanciani. Patavii, apud C. Gryphium, 1563.
    In this classic work on "the French disease," Fallopius wrote more knowingly of the Europe-wide scourge of syphilis than previous authors on the subject and was one of the first to oppose the use of mercury in its treatment. He described the primary chancre and.distinguished syphilitic and non-syphilitic condylomata.
    Antonia Fracanzano (d. 1567), a teacher of Fallopius at Padua and later his colleague there, contributed a short tract to this work on syphilis published in the year after Fallopius' death.
  • Lectiones de partibus similaribus - et selectorum explicationes.
    Nürnberg, 1575. Published by Volcher Coiter.
  • Opera omnia. Venice, 1584.
  • Secreti diversi, et miracolosi… Venice, Marco Di Maria 1563.
  • Secreti diversi e miracolosi. Nuovamente ristampati & a commun beneficio di ciascuno, distinti in 3 libri…Racolti da Gabriele Falloppia…[edited Borgaruccio Borgarucci] .
    Venice, Marco Di Maria 1565.
    This book, attributed to Falloppio, contains not only practical medical, but also technical and alchemical prescriptions, for instance making gold from lead and silver, investigations on nitritic acid, hardening of glass, mixing colours, etc.
    German translation: Wunderbarlicher vnd Menschlichem Leben gewisser und sehr nutzlicher Secreten. Drey Bücher. 1. Von allerhand Olien, Cerotten, Vnguenten, Vntionen, Pillulen vnd Electuarien. II. Von allerhand Weinen und gebrandten Wassern zu vnderschiedlichen Gebrechen vnd Schwachheiten dienlich. III. Von etlichen sehr nutzlichen Secreten auss der Chymia . . . Vom Authore selbst in italienischer Sprach publicirt, Jetzund aber Teutscher Nation zu gutem in vnser Muttersprach vbersetzt.
    2nd German edition. Frankfurt am Main, Nicolas Hoffmann, 1616. 296 pages.

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