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So, during Ireland’s recent Heritage week, I visited the RCPI’s beautiful building on Kildare Street for a lunchtime tour of the building including Sir Patrick Dun’s Library. The tour was very insightful, but the library blew me away- 30,000 books relating to the history of medicine. They had some beautifully illustrated books on display and provided gloves to encourage people to take  a careful glance through the contents. One book really caught my eye… a book by Ambrose Parey (Ambroise Pare)… as seen in some badly taken iphone pics…


So a quick search brings me to this book available from the Book Depository. What can I say… purchase made!

“Ambroise Pare, born in France around 1510, was chief surgeon to both Charles IX and Henri III. In one of the first attempts to explain birth defects, Pare produced “On Monsters and Marvels, ” an illustrated encyclopedia of curiosities, of monstrous human and animal births, bizarre beasts, and natural phenomena. Janice Pallister’s acclaimed English translation offers a glimpse of the natural world as seen by an extraordinary Renaissance natural philosopher.”