Précis Élémentaire de Physiologie.

  • Magendie, François
  • Paris: Chez Méquignon-Marvis 1816
  • Heirs of Hippocrates 1379.


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FIRST EDITION, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. [iv], vi, 326; [iv], 473, [1]. Contemporary sheep, spine divided by gilt rules, red morocco label lettered in gilt. A little foxing and spotting. Rebacked, boards somewhat rubbed and marked. Ink ownership inscription of James Sibbald to front pastedown in both volumes.


A hugely influential work from French physician François Magendie (1783-1855), which was informed by the private courses in experimental physiology he conducted after leaving his post at the Faculté de Médecine of Paris in 1813. He explains here, among other discoveries, the need for protein in mammals' food supply. Magendie reportedly practised medicine with gentle understanding, but he also famously denounced the use of anaesthetics, once proclaiming, "La douleur toujours!"

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