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BEZANÇON, Germain de ( <em>fl.</em> 1676)
IN DEFENCE OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION. FIRST EDITION.

BEZANÇON, Germain de ( fl. 1676)

Les médecins à la censure . Ou entretiens sur la medecine

Paris: chez Louis Gontier, 1677
12mo: ã6 A–2G8,4 2H6, 192 leaves, pp. [12] 370 [2], last page blank, typographic device on title signed ‘DF’, woodcut headpieces and initials.
Condition: 151 x 90mm. Worm hole in lower outer margin for first half of the book, some minor spotting.
Binding: Contemporary calf, gilt spine, red sprinkled edges. Head and tail of spine chipped, corners worn.
Provenance: Contemporary bookseller’s ticket of Laurent d’Houry, Paris; inscription ‘Ex libris Vincent 1688’ on free endpaper; bookplate of Dr J. Payenneville, Rouen, dated 1912.
First edition.
Bibliography: Wellcome II, p. 161; Krivatsy 1227; Waller 1023; Cioranescu 12047.
£450

A dialogue between Cariste, a cleric and advocate, Cleante, a gentleman, and Sosandre, a well known doctor. The lawyer and gentleman throw a series of objections to medicine at Sosandre who defends his profession. Bezançon insists this is not an apologia for medicine, the reader must see for himself if Sosandre’s replies are reasonable. In the seventh conversation Bezançon quotes the preface to Tartuffe, to show that Molière’s condemnation of the profession was no more than comic licence.
Apparently a doctor himself, Bezançon wrote another polemic Les medecine pretendüe reformée (Paris, 1683) and a more strictly medical work Nouveau traité des fièvres (Paris, 1690). He is not noticed by Hoefer, Bayle and Thillaye, or Hirsch.
Dedicated to Louise Henriette de Cominge, Comtesse de Grandpré.
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