Experiments on the Principle of Life
LE GALLOIS, [Julien Jean Cesar]; NANCREDE, N.C. & J.G. (trans.)
Title continues: "and Particularly on the Principle of the Motions of the Heart, and On the Seat of this Principle: Including The Report made to the First Class of the Institute, upon the Experiments relative to the Motions of the Heart." This monograph by the early 19th-century French physiologist Le Gallois (1770-1814) suggests the idea of "extracorporeal circulation," which, taken to its logical conclusion, foresees the invention of the heart-lung machine or life-support system. In his introduction, the author defends vivisection, or the use of life animals, in experimentation (pp. 19-21). His descriptions of decapitating rabbits are not for the squeamish.
- Publisher: M. Thomas
- Edition: n/a
- Date Published: 1813
- Place Published: Philadelphia
- ISBN: n/a
- Condition: Very good
- Signed: No
- Dust Jacket: No
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viii, 328 p. 22 cm. Fold-out frontispiece plate with three figures. Rebound in quarter leather with marbled paper boards. New endpapers. Repaired edges to title and dedication pages. Signature at top of title. Staining throughout. Two tears in folds of plate.