Günz, Justus Gottfried (resp.) / Crell, Johann Friedrich (praes.). De mammarum fabrica et lactis secretione [...].

Leipzig, Langenheim, 1734.

4to. (4), 44 pp. Papered spine.


Very rare dissertation on the female breast and human lactation, written by the versatile J. G. Günz (1714-54) from Königstein, who went on to become an eminent surgeon and ophthalmologist, Professor in Leipzig, and personal physician to the Elector of Saxony (cf. ADB X, 181; Hirsch II, 685). His large medical library was dispersed by sale in 1755.

The author describes the locale of breasts, their size, shape, and structure, noting that they are mainly composed of fatty tissue. He gives an account of the milk ducts, the areola and nipple, as well as of the blood vessels and their connection with other parts of the body. Separate chapters treat the chests of newborn babies and the development of breasts around the 14th year. The final part of the thesis is devoted to human breast milk, its composition, and the lactation process.

Title page slightly duststained, with old library shelfmark label and ms. subject headings. A single copy in the U.S. (Countway Library of Medicine - Harvard University).

OCLC 312080582. Not in Hirsch, Blake, Wellcome or Waller.

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