Riolan, Jean


Riolan, Jean



Riolan, Jean. Encheiridium anatomicum et pathologicum, in quo, ex naturali constitutione partium, recessus a naturali statu demonstratur: ad usum theatri anatomici adornatum ... Cum triplici indice, tractatuum, capitum, ac rerum, accuratissimo, 1649

Subjects: Human Anatomy – Early works to 1800

Pathology – Early works to 1800

Language: Latin

Summary: Riolan, Jean, Jr.was a trained anatomist and dissector and emphasized the superiority of active anatomical observation over long reading and profound meditations. Like his father, he was a stern defender of traditional medicine and declared himself an enemy to chemical healers. He established his reputation through a series of textbooks, the most important being the second edition of Anthropographia (1626). These works reveal a mastery of original observation and of the classical and modern literature. In his later Encheiridium (1648) he included a systematic presentation of both morbid and normal anatomy. Though in his later years he tried to accept new discoveries, he continually tried to uphold Galenic medicine and opposed the anatomical interpretations of Pecquet, Bartholin, and Harvey.

Publication Date



Ex officina Adriani Wyngaerden


Lugduni Batavor[um] [Leiden]


anatomy, pathology, Rare Book Collection

Riolan, Jean