Elementa physiologicae corporis humani.
Haller, Albrecht von
First Comprehensive Textbook of Physiology
Haller, Albrecht (1708-77). Elementa physiologiae corporis humani. 4to. Engraved portrait by P. F. Tardieu after E. J. Handmann & 6 plates.. Lausanne: Bousquet. . . , 1757-63 & Berne: Sumpt. Soc. Typogr., 1764-66. 8 vols. 240 x 187 mm. Calf, gilt spines, c. 1757-66 (some variation in mottling patterns, spine tools as might be expected). Bindings worn, rubbed, some joints cracked. Good set, internally very good.
First Edition. Garrison-Morton 588. The first comprehensive treatise of physiology, "a vast and well-systematized storehouse of physiological knowledge, replete with citation and an incredible number of accurate references to literature" (Fulton / Wilson 81). Also includes important anatomical descriptions. Haller's most original physiological contribuitons were the establishment of both concepts of sensibility and irritability, recognition of the cardiac automatism and confirmation of an airless pleural space. In addition, Haller rejected the concept of an active systole occuring in the cerebral membranes, and the previous attempts to localize the seat of the soul. Moreover, he clarified the relationships between the cerebellum and the motion of the heart as well as other vegetative functions (Rothschuh 130, also 125ff.). Lundsgaard-Fischer 284.
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