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Medical and Scientific Library of W. Bruce Fye Part IV / CORVISART, JEAN NICOLAS. 1755-1821. A group of 4 items

LOT 1047
A group of 4 items:
20 – 29 June 2022, 12:00 EDT
En ligne, New York

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A group of 4 items:
1. Autograph Letter Signed, in French, to Dr. Bellot, 1 p, Paris, December 25, 1812, with French transcription and English translation. Corvisart writes (in translation): "My advice, for the want of better, is that you restrict yourself to passing by the door of the Luxembourg Palace early on the New Year's Day receptions and write your name in the Queen's book: this is how I do it. I believe that the Queen and you will be more comfortable if you act in this way. I renew, Sir and most honored confrere, the assurance of my feelings of attachment and consideration." The Queen referenced in the letter is most likely Hortense de Beauharnais (1783-1837). Corner torn from original was seal (now lacking), remnant of old paper hinge at fold, some browning and spotting.
2. Autograph prescription, in French, 1 p, Paris, February 18, 1814. 1 page, for laudanum (a tincture of opium), and other medications. Spotting and toning.
3. A fine stipple-engraved portrait by Charles Forestier (1821), 167 x 108 mm. Light soiling to edges.
4. A fine lithographic portrait (1833) by François-Séraphin Delpech, 235 x 162 mm. Light toning.

"Jean Nicolas Corvisart really created cardiac symptomatology and made possible the differentiation between cardiac and pulmonary disorders. He was the first to explain heart failure mechanically. His translation of Auenbrugger resulted in the universal adoption of that procedure. Corvisart was Napoleon's favorite physician" (Garrison-Morton-Norman 2737).

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