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The professor of secrets : mystery, medicine, and alchemy in Renaissance Italy

Author: William Eamon
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Examines the life and work of sixteenth-century physician Leonardo Fioravanti, and describes the medical community and practices of Renaissance Italy.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Leonardo Fioravanti; Leonardo Fioravanti
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Eamon
ISBN: 9781426206504 142620650X
OCLC Number: 462910798
Description: 368 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue: Experience and memory --
Mia dolce patria --
The empire of disease --
Medical Bologna --
Leonardo and the anatomists --
The education of a surgeon --
The road of experience --
The carnival doctor --
The new Asclepius --
The marvelous virtues of Precipitato --
Charlatan or wonder worker? --
An ingenious surgery --
The marvels of Naples --
An academy of magi --
The university of war --
The cardinal's house --
A surgeon in Rome --
A road not taken --
Venetian curiosities --
The lure of the charlatan --
A writer for the age --
Venice's scientific underworld --
Mathematical magic --
The search for the philosopher's stone --
A star is born --
The medical entrepreneur --
Ambition and glory --
A conspiracy of doctors --
Leonardo the chameleon --
Life and art --
In the court of the Catholic king --
Masters of fire --
The charlatan's trial --
"Il mio sacco è vuoto" --
The judgment of history --
Epilogue: Traces.
Responsibility: William Eamon.


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