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Examen de l'action de quelques vegetaux
Paris, 1809.

(1) Examen de l’action de quelques végétaux, sur la moelle épinière . . . [3]- Offprint from Bulletin du Société philomathique 1 (1809). 22pp. (2) Expériences pour servir à l’histoire de la transpiration pulmonaire. Offprint from Bulletin du Société philomathique 2 (1811). 3-20pp. (3) Mémoire sur les organs de l’absorption chez les mammifères. Offprint from Bulletin du Société philomathique (1809). 16pp. Together 3 works in 1, 8vo. 204 x 125 mm. Quarter morocco, marbled boards in period style. Light toning, otherwise fine.

First Separate Editions. Extremely rare offprints of some of Magendie’s first experimental papers. The first paper, which marks the foundation of experimental pharmacology, describes the effects on the spinal cord of the Javanese plant “upas tieute” (of the strychnos group); the third examines the absorption of poisons in mammals. They represent the first records of attempts to administer chemical substances to living organisms in a systematic way so that the effects of similar chemical agents from different sources may be compared. Magendie reprinted the “Mémoire sur les organs de l’absorption” in the first volume of his Journal de physiologie expérimentale (1821), noting that he had found nothing to alter in it even after the passage of eleven years since its first publication. The second paper is Magendie’s memoir on the loss of water from the lungs. Olmsted, Magendie, pp. 35-47; he does not cite these offprints in his bibliography, and notes only the 1821 reprint of the “Mémoire.”


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