Precis Elementaire de Physiologie. [Tome second]. Troisieme edition.
by MAGENDIE, Francois (1783-1855).
Paris:: Mequignon-Marvis Pere Et Fils, 1833., 1833. 8vo. , 628 pp. Fold-out plate in rear [Circulation du sang dans la queue du tetard" – Blood circulation in a tadpole tail -], index. Original quarter morocco marbled boards; wear to extremities, spine and hinge repaired. Light foxing. Ink signature on title page, Thomas Hun; bookplate of Thomas Hun. Good condition. Third edition of the second volume. Rear fold-out plate is quite clean. Magendie's legacy is one of cruelty regarding his strident defense of live vivisection as a teaching tool. He may be the only individual condemned for his actions by Charles Darwin, Aldous Huxley, and Albert Einstein. "The first modern physiology textbook, in which doctrine gave way to simple, precise descriptions of experimental facts. Vol. 2 contains Magendie's classic demonstration of the importance of nitrogenous food, or protein, in the food supply of mammals. In the course of his experiments on dogs fed non-nitrogenous substances, Magendie also induced the first experimental cases of an avitaminosis (specifically, lack of vitamin A.)." – Garrison and Morton. PROVENANCE: Dr. Thomas Hun (1808-1896) "began his medical studies with Dr. Platt Williams, and in 1827 entered the University of Pennsylvania and received his degree of medicine in 1830. On the outbreak of cholera early in the summer of 1832, the first appearance of this disease in Albany, a cholera hospital was organized and Dr. Hun served as one of the attending physicians. He continued in this position until the disappearance of the cholera and the closing of the hospital in the autumn of that year. From 1833 to 1839 he studied medicine in Europe, and remained during that time almost exclusively in Paris. When the Albany Medical College was organized in 1839 he delivered the opening address for the first course of lectures and was made professor of the institutes of medicine, a chair which he held until 1858." (Jesse Montgomery Mosher, American Medical Biographies, 1920). Garrison and Morton, 1041.1, 597.1
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