Publisher Information: London: Longman & Co., 1819.
Bell, Charles (1774-1842). An essay on the forces which circulate the blood; being an examination of the difference of the motions of fluids in living and dead vessels. , viii, 83pp. London: Longman & Co., 1819. 189 x 115 mm. 19th-century marbled boards, rebacked and recornered in calf, endpapers renewed. Minor foxing, evidence of label removal on half-title, but very good.
First Edition. Rare on the Market—this is the first copy we have handled in our five decades in the trade. Published in a format similar to his Essay on the Brain, Bell’s monograph on the circulatory system defends his belief that the arteries play a significant role in propelling blood throughout the body. “In contrast to conventional views, [Bell] had difficulty in accepting that the circulation was due exclusively to the heart, claiming that arterial contraction helped to move the blood along, under the influence especially of the destination organs or regions. As a consequence, increased activity led to greater local blood flow. He seems in this way to have sensed the existence of the vasomotor reflexes that are now known to exist ant that direct regional blood flow based on requirement” (Aminoff, Sir Charles Bell, p. 145). Gordon-Taylor, pp. 165-168; no. 15.Book Id: 45050