Publisher Information: Bailliere, 1856.
Bernard, Claude (1813-73). Fr [ancois] Magendie. Leçon d'ouverture du cours de médecine du Collège de France. . . . 8vo.  36pp. Paris: Baillière, 1856. 222 x 143 mm. Original printed wrappers. Light marginal dampstaining, but very good. Bernard's autograph presentation inscription on the front wrapper: "Monsieur le Docteur Amedée Latour, hommage de l'Auteur."
First Edition. Bernard's longtime mentor François Magendie died in 1855, and Bernard, who had succeeded Magendie as professor of medicine at the Collège de France, opened his winter series of lectures with the present obituary notice, which includes a bibliography of Magendie's publications. "What Bernard found to say in this lecture of the man of whom he speaks in the French manner as 'my master,' is testimony to his profound respect for the older man's intellectual distinction and the contribution he had made to physiology and medicine, especially through his sponsorship of the experimental method. . . . [Bernard] was especially proud to be numbered in the legacy of experimenters which Magendie had bequeathed to physiology. Before Magendie, Bernard said, the experimenters could be counted; after him, it was the physiologists who did not experiment who could be counted and who needed to justify their existence" (Olmsted & Olmsted, pp. 90-91).
Bernard presented this copy to the French physician Amedée Latour (1805-82), editor-in-chief of L'Union médicale and author of works on pathology and phthisis. Grmek, p. 315. Hirsch (for Latour). Scarce, with only five copies in North American libraries cited in NUC and OCLC (Yale, Columbia, NLM, Coll. Phys. Phila., & Mary Washington College in Virginia).Book Id: 37648