Author: Lancisi, Giovanni Maria.
Title: De Motu Cordis et Aneurysmatibus, Opus Posthumum in Duas Partes Divisum.
Place Published: Rome
Publisher:Giovanni Maria Salvioni
Date Published: 1728
viii, 160,  pp. Engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by Jakob Frey after Sebastian Conca; seven engraved plates of the heart and coronary system after Niccol Ricciolini. (Folio) 33.5x22 cm (13¼x8¾"), early full vellum. First Edition.
A posthumously published continuation of De subitaneis mortibus, Lancisi's first work on cardiac pathology. In the present work, mainly devoted to the study of aneurysms, Lancisi showed many heart lesions to be syphilitic in nature and gave the first clinical description of syphilis of the heart. As causes of aneurysms he noted syphilis, asthma, palpitation, violent emotions, and excess. "He also reported, based on his own experiments, that mercury injected into the coronary arteries shows up in the chambers of the heart, which led him to speculate that the injected material escaped through venous channels" (Norman). Garrison-Morton 2973; Norman 1275; Osler 3152; Wellcome III, p. 441.