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Glisson, Francis
Tractatus de ventriculo et intestinis. Cui praemittitur alius, de partibus continentibus in genere; & in specie, de iis abdominis.
Amstelodami : Apud Jacobum Juniorem (i.e. Jansson-Waesberge), 1677, 12°, Gestochenes Portrait-Frontispiz, (32), 591, (1) pp., 3 Kupfertafeln, Pergamenteinband der Zeit mit handschriftlichem Rückentitel; Titel kleiner Auschnitt hinterlegt. First edition printed in the European continent of Glisson's rare work on the digestive organs and internal tissues! With Coat of Arm ExLibris " Iacob Reinbold Spielmann", J. Striedbeck. del. et sculp: Argent. Francis Glisson (1597-1677) "introduced the idea of irritability as a specific property of all human tissue, a hypothesis which had no effect upon contemporary physiology, but which was later demonstrated experimentally by Haller". Garrison & Morton "Stimulated by ideas of his friend George Ent, Glisson elaborated a theory which he revised in his last medical work, the Tractatus de ventriculo et intestinis (1677). The theory presented itself as follows: The nerves carry a nutritive juice (succus nutrivus) secreted by the brain between cortex and medulla from particles of the arterial blood. The psychic spirits are the "fixed spirits" of this juice, which serves nutrition rather than the function of body fibers. As a chemical substance, the psychic spirits cannot flow fast enough to assure simultaneity of events in the brain and the peripheral parts. Nerve action is transmitted by a vibration of the nerves (caused by localized contraction of the brain), and the muscle fibers then contract because of irritability, a property which they share with all fibers of the body". Owsei Temkin, p.426 "The doctrine of irritability does not exhaus … [Click Below for Full Description]
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