PAVLOV, Ivan Petrovich.

[In Cyrillic:] Lektsii o rabote glavnykh pishchevaritel'nykh zhelez.

St Petersburg: [Press of the Ministry of Communications,] 1897 Stock Code: 133069
£12,500.00

Pavlov on digestion; a PMM title

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First edition of Pavlov's celebrated Lectures on the work of the principal digestive glands, first delivered in St Petersburg the previous year, the greatest contribution to our understanding of the physiology of digestion and the work that led to his being awarded the Nobel prize for medicine in 1905. The book first describes and illustrates the artificial stomach for dogs used by Pavlov to produce gastric juices uncontaminated by food. His earliest experiments involved the reflex action induced in dog by the sight and smell of food, but his later experiments, also described here, tackled the far more complicated process involved in stimuli other than food, for example the rattle of a familiar platter. "From a series of experiments increasingly detailed, and a tabulation of results increasingly exact, he found that virtually any natural phenomenon may be developed into a conditional stimulus to produce the selected response The elaboration of these experiments and their extension to children demonstrated how great a proportion of human behaviour is explicable as a series of conditioned reflexes. Indeed some psychologists seem nowadays to believe that behaviour is all. Pavlov's results are, indeed, clearly complementary to those of Freud and many regard them as of more fundamental significance" (PMM).

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Description

Small quarto (178 x 128 mm). Contemporary black quarter roan, spine lettered in gilt with decorative borders tooled in gilt at ends, raised bands, leaf-and-scrollwork oval panel stamped in blind to dark green cloth boards, renewed endpapers, book block fore edge marbled, red cloth book marker.

Illustrations

Numerous diagrams and tables to the text.

Condition

Blue-inked stamp (faded and mostly illegible) and neat ink inscription, both in Russian and to the title page, the latter reading "[?] Kharkov 4 March 1981". Restoration to joints, head- and tailcaps built up and similarly repaired, a few chips to flaky spine, gilt dulled, boards sometime exposed to damp and corners bruised, contents clean and evenly toned; a very good copy.

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