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      Josephus Andreas Jacobus Plenck – A Forerunner of Modern Diuretic Therapy

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          Joseph Andreas Jacobus Plenck was born in 1735 in Vienna where he studied surgery with Johan Christian Retter. At age 35 he was appointed Professor of Surgery and Obstetrics by Maria Theresia. Subsequently he became professor and life long secretary of the Medical Military Academy know as the Josephinum where he worked up to 1807. He was one of the most brilliant scientific writers of his time. Here we analyze his medical treatise, Icones Plantarum Medicinalium secundum systema Lynnaei cum enumeratione virium et usus medici, chirurgici et diaetetici, published in folio in Latin and German. This is a therapy based on plants in which the author discusses the medical use of 758 plants. This article is centered on 111 plants with diuretic properties which still appear in many pharmacopoeias.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          2002
          September 2002
          14 August 2002
          : 92
          : 1
          : 22-31
          Affiliations
          Cattedra di Nefrologia, Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita, Centro di Bioetica, Second University of Naples, and Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Naples, Italy
          Article
          64450 Nephron 2002;92:22–31
          10.1159/000064450
          12187080
          © 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Figures: 3, Tables: 8, References: 16, Pages: 10
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          Categories
          History of Nephrology. Section Editor: N.G. De Santo, Naples

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