Paracelsian versus Galenic medicine
Zefiriele Tommaso Bovio. Melampigo overo confusione de medici sofisti, che s'intitolano rationali, et del Dottor Claudio Geli, & suoi complici nuoui passali, & achemoni: Di Zefiriele Thomaso Bouio Nobile patricio Veronese nuouo Melampigo. Di nuouo revisto, corretto, & dal proprio Auttore ampliato.
Verona, Appresso Francesco dalle Donne, 1595. 4to (20 x 14,2 cm). "95"[= 96] ll. With woodcut initials, headpieces built up from cast fleurons and a woodcut of a shepherd with a dog on l. 6v. Contemporary limp vellum.
Binding stained and the top of spine and front board damaged. Some (marginal) waterstains, paper browned, few spots and several contemporary annotations. Almost exclusively printed in Italics.
Revised edition (first 1585) of an interesting pamphlet defending Paracelsian medicine.
Bovio was a noble Veronese medical practitioner, alchemist, astrologist, supporter of Paracelsian theories, and, according to some of his contemporaries, an impostor.
In 1583 Bovio had published Flagello de’ Medici Rationali, a scathing pamphlet attacking learned medicine. The physician Donzellini (under the pseudonym of "Claudio Gelli") published a reaction titled Riposta ad un certo libro contra medici rationali (1584), calling Bovio an impostor. In the present work Bovio replies to Donzellini and defends his own Flagello.
Bovio's books were reprinted several times throughout the 17th century, testament to the popularity of the alchemical Paracelsian tradition.
Durling 664; USTC 816643; cf. Celati, 'Heresy, Medicine and Paracelsianism in SixteenthCentury Italy', in: Gesnerus 71/1 (2014), pp. 5–37.