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Medica' (1757), title page. This work was a collection of the published writings of English physician and epidemiologist Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689). Sydenham was the first to describe measles, scarlet fever and Sydenham's chorea. He pioneered the use of quinine to treat malaria, iron compounds for anaemia and opium to provide pain relief. His reputation as the English Hippocrates is based upon his belief that careful observations of symptoms and patients are more useful than acting on abstract speculations. In 1676 he published his studies in the book 'Observationes medicae'. The title page of this first volume of 'Opera Medica' has Latin text, and includes the author's name and the place of publication (Geneva, Switzerland).
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