HIRNKOFEN, Wilhelm von
The first printed book on wine, its production and preservation, translated from the Latin by Wilhelm von Hirnkofen. It discusses the value of wine in diet and as a medication. Wine has been called the oldest documented human-made medicine. Egyptian papyri and Sumerian tablets dating back to 2200 BCE detail the medicinal role of wine. Wine was used variously as a safe alternative to drinking water, as an antiseptic for treating wounds, as a digestive aid, and as a cure for a wide range of ailments including lethargy, diarrhea and pain from child birth.
In 1943 medical historian Henry Sigerist issued a facsimile of the first edition, with an English translation and introduction, entitled The Earliest Printed Book on Wine. ISTC no. ia01080000. Digital facsimile of the first printed edition from the Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, München at this link.
Subjects: MEDIEVAL MEDICINE , MEDIEVAL MEDICINE › Spain, NUTRITION / DIET, PHARMACOLOGY › PHARMACEUTICALS, Wine, Medical Uses of , Winemaking (Oenology)