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GOMES, Bernardino Antonio (the elder)

Memoria sobre os meios de diminuir a elephantiase em Portugal, e de aperfeiçoar o conhecimento, e cura das Doenças cutaneas.  Offerecida às Cortes de Portugal de 1821.


Lisbon, Na Officina de J.F.M. de Campos, 1821.


Small 4to.  60 pp., (1) f. with errata.  Contemporary wrappers (worn).   Title p. slightly discoloured.

In this rare work Bernardino Gomes comments on the cases of elephantiasis he had observed in both Portugal and Brazil.   He deplores the lack of knowledge of the cause of the disease, and recommends establishing a hospital specializing in skin diseases.   Gomes was appointed an official physician in 1817, and accompanied the future Empress, Dª Leopoldina, when she sailed from Livorno to Rio de Janeiro to marry D. Pedro I.   He published a number of important medical works, and established the botanical gardens at the Lisbon School of Medicine.   Whilst in Brazil he made an extensive study of the country's forests.   A list of subscribers to the St. Lazarus Hospital in Lisbon appears on pp. 43-49.  

Innocêncio I, 361.   Borba de Moraes (1983) I, 357.   Surgeon General’s Catalog 2nd series, VI, 317.     



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