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GLISSON, Francis.

Tractatus de ventriculo et intestinis.

Cui praemittitur alius, de partibus continentibus in genere, et in specie, de iis abdominis. Editio novissima, prioribus emendatior.

Leiden, for Pieter van der Aa, 1691 Stock Code: 139430
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Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge, Francis Glisson was a member of the informal group of physicians, the so-called "1645 group", which can be considered as one of the original nuclei of the Royal Society. De ventriculo et intestinis was his fourth and last published work, originally published in 1677, the year of his death.
"De ventriculo is divided into two treatises, the first regarding the structure of the various abdominal organs, and the second more specifically devoted to the stomach and intestine, and especially to the physiology of their fibres. An appendix on fermentation concludes the whole work. The philosophical investigation on the life of nature led Glisson to rethink his own conception of anatomy. In fact, while the first part of the De ventriculo follows the usual paths of the anatomy of the macrostructures of the body, in the second part Glisson tried to work out an anatomy of the irritable fibres, that is, a kind of anatomy which moves from the organic patterns to the primitive structures of matter with its innumerable motions and forms. Glisson's philosophical and physiological notion of the irritability of tissues was taken up in the following century by Albrecht Haller and enjoyed great success throughout the eighteenth century, up to the German Natürphilosophie" (ODNB).

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Duodecimo (132 x 77 mm). Contemporary vellum, spine lettered in blind within stained panel.


Engraved portrait frontispiece, 3 engraved plates of the human torso.


Neat, apparently early ownership inscription of D. W. Pauli at lower outer corner of title. Vellum soiled; a little spotting, chiefly marginal; but a very good copy, firm in the contemporary binding.


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