Book Id: 44026 Experiences sur le principe de la vie. Julein Jean Cesar Le Gallois.
Experiences sur le principe de la vie
Experiences sur le principe de la vie

Experiences sur le principe de la vie

Publisher Information: Paris: D'Hautel, 1812.

Le Gallois, Jean Julien César (1770-1814). Expériences sur le principe de la vie, notamment sur celui des mouvemens du coeur, et sur le siège de ce principe . . . 8vo. [6], xxiv, 364, [2, errata]pp. Folding engraved plate. Paris: Chez d’Hautel, 1812. 192 x 124 mm. Paste paper boards ca. 1812, light wear, label with title in manuscript pasted to spine. Minor occasional spotting, but very good.

First Edition. Le Gallois conducted a series of physiological experiments exploring the mechanism of respiration, in which he determined that respiration is controlled by a respiratory center in the medulla oblongata—the first time that “an area of brain substance . . . having a specific function had been defined accurately by experiment” (Clarke and Jacyna, Nineteenth-Century Origins of Neuroscientific Concepts, p. 246). Le Gallois also developed a primitive isolated heart-lung preparation in rabbits (illustrated in the plate to the present work), and was the first to suggest the possibility of a heart-lung machine: “If the place of the heart could be supplied by injection, and if, for the regular continuance of this injection, there could be furnished a quantity of arterial blood, whether natural or artificially formed . . . then life might be indefinitely maintained” (quoted in Fye, p. 599). 928. Fye, “Julien Jean César Legallois,” Clinical Cardiology 18 (1995): 599-600.

Book Id: 44026

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