Dessau and Leipzig: [n.p.], 1784. 8vo. 506 (ie., 496) pp. FIRST EDITION. With 1 folding engraved plate, woodcut vignette head- and tailpieces. Original speckled boards; minor scuffing to extremities, otherwise an excellent copy with contemporary ownership inscription of V. Stein on title, and small library stamp of Joachim W. Voigt. Item #2478
First edition. The doctrine of infarctus had its origin with the Hesse-Homburg physician Johann Kämpf (d.1753) and his son of the same name (1726-87), who published the present "doctrine" of his father's. We won't go into a detailed description, but according to the author, "infarctus" (impacted faeces) is a thickening of the humors in the portal vessels and intestine, and the former becomes filled, stuffed and distended. He here writes of two kinds of "infarctus," the black-bilious and the mucous. This dangerous condition required certain remedial procedures in order for the patient to eliminate. One procedure called visceral-clyster became quite fashionable. Baas notes that other physicians who wrote on the subject were probably induced by their own suffering.