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Book/Printed Material New Methods in Medicine. Practica nova in medicina

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  • New Methods in Medicine.

Other Title

  • Practica nova in medicina


  • Symphorien Champier (circa 1472--circa 1535) was a French physician and a pioneer in the fields of medical history and medical bibliography. He was born in Saint-Symphorien and studied medicine at Montpellier. After serving as personal physician to the duke of Lorraine, he settled in Lyon, where he practiced medicine and founded L'Ecole des médicins de Lyon (The Medical School of Lyon). Lyon was a major publishing center for medical books in 16th-century Europe, and Champier produced a number of works on medicine. Practica nova in medicina (New methods in medicine) is an early contribution to the history of medicine. The title page describes the work as consisting of "five golden books, on all the different kinds of illnesses, from Greek, Latin and Arabic ancient and recent authors." Champier studied the major works of Arab and Islamic medicine and recognized the many important contributions of Arab scientists and physicians to the field. Shown here is the rare first edition of Practica nova in medicina, published in Lyon in 1517. One of Champier's medical colleagues in Lyon for a time was the great Renaissance writer François Rabelais, who satirized Champier in Gargantua and Pantagruel by naming him as the author of a fictional treatise in Latin on the use of suppositories.


  • Champier, Symphorien, 1472?-approximately 1535 Author.

Created / Published

  • Lyon : Printed by Johannes Marion, 1517.


  • -  300 to 1517
  • -  Medicine, Arab
  • -  Medicine, Greek and Roman
  • -  Medicine, Medieval


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 295 pages : illustrations ; 18 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Qatar National Library.
  • -  Content in Latin.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Arabic and Islamic Science and Its Influence on the Western Scientific Tradition: Medicine

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  • 2021666819

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Champier, Symphorien, 1472?-Approximately 1535 Author. New Methods in Medicine. Lyon: Printed by Johannes Marion, 1517. Pdf.

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Champier, Symphorien, 1472?-Approximately 1535 Author. New Methods in Medicine. Lyon: Printed by Johannes Marion, 1517. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.