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Anatomical and Pathological Observations.
Myles Macphail, 1845., Edinburgh: - Small 8vo. [4], iv, 127, [1] pp. 9 plates. Modern rebound two-tone red and grey library boards; author and title handwritten on cover. Some pages and plates partially uncut. INSCRIPTION BY BROTHERS JOHN & HARRY GOODSIR, THE YEAR OF HARRY'S SAILING ON THE ILL-FATED FRANKLIN EXPEDITION TO FIND THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE: Inscribed "Newport Esq.- with the authors' complts." Rubber stamps: "Property of the Medical Society City and County of Denver", and "Surgeon General's Library". Good. RARE. "John Goodsir's paper on "Centres of nutrition" anticipates to a certain extent the cell doctrine afterwards developed by Virchow (see No. 2299). Virchow dedicated the first edition of his Cellularpathologie to Goodsir. Goodsir's paper on the bone-forming properties of certain corpuscles found within osseous tissue represent the foundation of the study of osteogenesis, as distinct from descriptive osteology." â€" Garrison and Morton 2294.1. John Goodsir was a renowned Scottish physician. "Human anatomy, pathology and morphology formed his chief study. In 1840 he moved to Edinburgh, where in the following year he was appointed conservator of the museum of the College of Surgeons, in succession to William MacGillivray. Much of his reputation rested on his knowledge of the anatomy of tissues. In his lectures in the theatre of the college in1842-1843 he evidenced the largeness of his observation of cell-life, both physiologically and pathologically, insisting on the importance of the cell as a centre of nutrition, and pointing out that the organism is subdivided into a number of departments. R. Virchow recognized his indebtedness to these discoveries by dedicating his Cellular Pathologie to Goodsir, as "one of the earliest and most acute observers of cell-life." - Encyclopedia Britannica. Harry Goodsir was "one of the younger brothers of John Goodsir…Harry Goodsir qualified with the LRCS Edinburgh diploma in 1840, and was an anatomist and naturalist of the highest promise. He was Conservator of the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh from 1843 until 1845, when he was appointed assistant surgeon and naturalist to the Franklin Expedition. This sailed to the Arctic seas under Sir John Franklin, to find the North-West Passage, but was lost. Its fate was never determined satisfactorily, although several subsequent expeditions attempted to do so". - Journal of Medical Biography, Vol. 12, ISS. 2, 2004. It seems very likely this is inscribed to George Newport, esq., F.R.C.S., F.L.S., President of the Entomological Society. Both Goodsir and Newport were members of the Royal Society. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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