Publisher Information: Paris: Fortin, Masson et Cie. 1844.
Becquerel, Louis Alfred (1814-62) and Alexandre Rodier (1811- ). Recherches sur la composition du sang dans l’état de santé et dans l’état de maladie. 127, pp. Paris: Fortin, Masson et Cie., 1844. 227 x 145 mm. Quarter morocco, marbled boards in period style; original printed wrappers bound in. Margins of first few leaves expertly repaired, light dampstaining to first few leaves, a few ink spots on front wrapper but very good. Presentation Copy, inscribed to Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850) on the front wrapper: “à M. Gay-Lussac hommage des auteurs.”
First Edition. Becquerel, a physician and medical researcher, was the oldest son of physicist Antoine César Becquerel; his brother was physicist Edmond Becquerel and his nephew was Nobel Laureate Henri Becquerel, discoverer of radioactivity. His treatise on the chemical composition of blood in health and disease, written with Alexandre Rodier, was published a year after Gabriel Andral’s Essai d’hématologie pathologique (1843), which established the field of hematology. Becquerel and Rodier analyzed the blood components present in various diseases including typhoid fever, tuberculosis, Bright’s disease, anemia, heart disease and syphilis, as well as in pregnancy and childbirth. Their statistical analyses of blood’s iron, fibrin and ash content were still being referred well into the 20th century.
Becquerel and Rodier presented this copy of their work to chemist and physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, formulator of Gay-Lussac’s law (the pressure of an enclosed gas is directly proportional to its temperature); he is also known for having discovered (together with his friend Alexander Humboldt) that water is composed of two parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. Garrison-Morton.com 11521.Book Id: 45212