SAVONAROLA, Giovanni Michele
De balneis et thermis naturalibus omnibus Italiae.Ferrara: Andreas Belfortis, Gallus, 1485.
The second printed book on balneology. Savonarola took a skeptical approach to the subject, relying on his own observations and rejecting the notion that baths owed their virtues to occult or supernatural properties. Included in his work is the first recorded instance of a clock being used to regulate an actual, purposive experiment—in this case, a comparison of the water temperatures of two Italian hot springs.
Subjects: MEDIEVAL MEDICINE › Italy, THERAPEUTICS › Balneotherapy
De gotta la preservation e cura.Pavia: Pocatela, 1505.
The earliest separately printed treatise on gout by the physician/humanist grandfather of the Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola. Giovanni Savonarola emphasized the dietary causes of gout, and the dangers of eating rich food. He discussed recommended moderation in diet, and discussed the nutritional aspects of various foods.
Subjects: NUTRITION / DIET, RHEUMATOLOGY › Gout (Podagra)