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GOUBIN, Mathieu (active 1752–1765)

Physiologia; Pathologiae tractatus

Caen: , 1764-5
3 volumes 4to, manuscript in ink on paper in a neat hand with pen and ink illustrations.
Physiologia. 2 volumes (179 x 140). Tome I, 1 blank leaf, p. [1] text, headed Elementa medicina’ followed by pp. 3–348 (cancels 75/76 and 347/348) with a pen and ink diagram on p. 344; Tome II: 1 blank leaf, p. 345 heading ‘Physiologia Domini Goubin Tom. II’, otherwise blank and verso blank, followed by text on pp. 347–788 (787/788 blank), diagrams on pp. 541, 559 and 580.
Pathologiae. 1 volume (184 x 150mm), 1 blank leaf, p. 1 heading ‘Pathologiae Tractatus a Domino Goubin regio Medicinae professore datus Cadomi annis 1764 et 1765’, otherwise blank, verso blank, text on pp. 3–214, 214–222, 224–427 [1], 3 blank leaves.
Condition: Stains in upper margin of Physiologia Tome I, well away from the text.
Binding: Uniformly bound in contemporary cat’s paw calf, marbled endleaves, red page edges.
Provenance: ‘Ex libris Ludovici Loyau de Coteau’, contemporary inscription on initial blank in Physiologia Tome I.

A neatly written and nicely bound set of lecture notes for Mathieu Goubin’s courses in physiology and pathology at the medical school of the University of Caen. The owner, one Louis Loyau de Coteau, probably attended the course but may have purchased the notes from a professional, or semi-professional copyist.

As well as teaching at the medical school at Caen, Goubin was briefly (1758–59) joint director of the university’s botanic garden, established by Noël-Sébastien Blot, his former professor. His own dissertation under Blot was Theses de morbis praecipuarum funtionum principum thoracis viscerum (Caen, 1752) and from 1755 to 1760 Goubin acted as praeses for a number of published dissertations. The present manuscript thus extends his period of activity by five years.
Keywords:     pathology    physiology