[Early American Medical Imprint]; Von Haller, Albert (Albrecht)
Title FIRST LINES OF PHYSIOLOGY (PRIMAE LINEAE PHYSIOLOGIAE) TRANSLATED FROM THE THIRD LATIN EDITION; TO WHICH IS ADDED, A TRANSLATION OF THE INDEX, COMPOSED FOR THE EDINBURGH EDITION, PRINTED UNDER THE INSPECTION OF DR. WILLIAM CULLEN
Binding Tree calf
Book Condition Very good
Edition First American Edition
Publisher Troy [N.Y.] Printed by Obadiah Penniman & Co. 1803
Seller ID 1263
8vo (5½” x 8¾” ). pp. 498. Contemporary tree calf with red morocco spine label and 4 single and two double gilt rules on the spine. Stated First American edition. Originally published in 1747, The Primae Lineae was one of three seminal works which created the field of modern physiology -- the other two being De partibus corporis humani sensibilibus et irritabilibus (1753) and the eight volume Elementa physiologiae corporis humani (1757-1766).
This first American edition of First Lines of Physiology presented Von Haller's landmark concepts of tissue irritability (muscular contraction) and tissue sensibility (nervous innervation) to an American audience in English for the first time. A sound and firm copy of this medical classic with general wear and slight scuffing to the rear cover. Clark, Diderot's Part: Aesthetics and Physiology, p.49-51; NLM, Early American Medical Imprints 858; Shaw and Shoemaker 4326. Scarce.
Albrecht Von Heller (1708 - 1777)
A biologist and the father of experimental physiology, who made prolific contributions to physiology, anatomy, botany, embryology, poetry, and scientific bibliography. He was a practicing physician and chair of medicine, anatomy, surgery, and botany at the University of Göttingen in Switzerland, and later an independent physiological researcher.