Publisher Information: 1856.
Bernard, Claude (1813-78). Mémoire sur le pancréas et sur le role du suc pancréatique dans les phénomènes digestifs . . . Extract from Supplément aux Comptes rendus de l’Académie des Sciences (Paris) 1 (1856): 379-563 pp. 9 lithographed plates (4 hand-colored) on 5 sheets. 277 x 216 mm. 19th century quarter morocco, marbled boards, slight edgewear. Fine.
First Edition, journal issue. The final and most complete statement of Bernard’s first major physiological discovery—the role of the pancreas in digestion, particularly its function in the breakdown and absorption of fats. Bernard was the first to demonstrate that pancreatic juice acted upon fats by a saponification process; i.e., the breakdown of fats into fatty acids and glycerin. A very small number of copies of Bernard’s Mémoire were published in book form the same year. Garrison-Morton.com 1000.1. Grmek 163. Olmsted & Olmsted, Bernard, pp. 54-59.Book Id: 44324