Publisher Information: Edinburgh: Adam Neill & Co., 1797.
Monro, Alexander secundus (1733-1817). Three treatises. On the brain, the eye, and the ear. viii, 9-32, 32*, 32*, 33-263pp. Part-title of the memoir on the brain bound before the general title. 24 engraved plates. Edinburgh: Bell & Bradfute; London: G. G. & J. Robinson; J. Johnson, 1797. 334 x 247 mm. (uncut). Original boards, rebacked, endpapers renewed, some edgewear. Some offsetting from prints, occasional foxing and soiling, but very good.
First Edition. Monro secundus, the greatest of the Monro dynasty of anatomists, is best remembered for his description of the brain’s interventricular foramina (foramina of Monro), which he first presented in 1764 at a meeting of the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh, and later published in his Observations on the Structure and Function of the Nervous System (1783). Although other anatomists, including Leonardo da Vinci, had noted the existence of these structures,
"Monro gave the clearest illustration of the foramen that we today call the Foramen of Monro. He believed the interventricular foramina to lie one at each end of a transversely directed passage, constituting a direct connection between the two lateral ventricles, and which, in turn, opens inferiorly into the third ventricle via a vertically disposed orifice that he referred to as the “iter ad tertium ventriculum” . . . It appears that his first account was not received with general acclaim and Monro made it his prerogative to reiterate his beliefs in his Treatise on the Brain" (Kishan et al.).
The accompanying treatise on the structure and function of the eye is illustrated with nine engraved plates. Bernard Becker Collection in Ophthalmology (3rd ed.), no. 262. Patel, Kishan, et al. “Commentary: Alexander Monro of ‘The Foramen of Monro.’” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 27 July 2018.Book Id: 46289