A most interesting general appeal by the Teramo physician Giuseppe Saliceti, addressed to the regional scientific community, for a reconsideration of the practice of iatromathematics, or the application of mathematical laws and precepts to the function and health of the human body. Saliceti dedicates his book to his mentor, the physician and professor of mathematics at Naples, Pasquale Borrelli, who was himself was a follower of Brunonian medicine, or the theory that the balance of health and disease was a matter of the measurable under- or over-stimulation of the corporal body. Iatromathematics has its roots in late-medieval and early modern astrological medicine and judicial bloodletting, as practiced by Regiomontanus and many others, but, following the dawn of the Enlightenment, the idea that mathematics could, and should, be an integral part of medicine had grown from a kind of pseudoscience into a rational discipline, in much the same way that Newton, Galileo, and Kepler had applied mathematics to the study of physics. Saliceti argues persuasively that mathematics and medicine are symbiotic, and greater than the sum of their parts. A very good copy in its original binding alla rustica, uncut and mostly unopened. No copies located outside Italy.
Teramo: Presso Berardo Carlucci e Compagni, 1805.
Octavo, 223 x 150 x 16 mm. A-H8; 124, (4) pp. Binding of contemporary retail cartonnage, unlettered. Boards worn and a bit soiled, but functional and sound. Interior: Gatherings untrimmed, and mostly unopened; some foxing to last gathering; deckles a bit soiled.
IT-ICCU-VIAE: 018912. Palma, Niccola, Storia Ecclesiastica e Civile della regione più settentrionale del Regno di Napoli, oggi città di Teramo, Vol V., Teramo: Stampatore U. Angeletti, 1835-1836, p. 244.