Publisher Information: Montpellier: Apud Joannem Martel, 1698.
Chirac, Pierre (1657-1732). De motu cordis adversaria analytica. 12mo. , 344, , 34pp. Folding engraved plate. Montpellier: Apud Joannem Martel, 1698. Calf, gilt spine ca. 1698, minor chipping to spine extremities, light wear. Minor toning but fine otherwise.
First Edition of this rare pioneering experimental study of coronary function, describing the first experimental tying of a coronary vessel, which demonstrated that cardiac arrest occurs in response to coronary ligation. “A special position must be allocated to the French physician Pierre Chirac for having performed the first experimental ligation of a coronary artery in a dog. His book De motu cordis (1698) is an early attempt at experimental pathology with regard to the coronary vessels. Likewise there is much information on the fibers of the heart; some ideas are also expressed as to measuring the heart’s power . . . the blood volume, too, was estimated” (Leibowitz, The History of Coronary Heart Disease, p. 305). Garrison-Morton.com 10657.Book Id: 45024