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Elements of Physiology.

Muller, J.; Translated by Wm. Baly; Arranged from the second London edition by John Bell.

Published by Lea and Blanchard
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. Former Library book. Arranged from the Second London Edition, by John Bell (1796-1872). Translation by W[illia]m Baly (1814-1861) of Handbuch der Physiologie des Menschen fur Vorlesungen. Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1843. 1st American Edition. [First published English London, 1837-1842 in parts.] xix+[1]+[13]-886pp. + 32 page rear catalog. Thick octavo. Contemporary calf with black leather spine label. Rear board detached, binding scraped and rubbed, sheets moderately browned and foxed, a good, (for this book) slightly better than average copy with library rubber stamp to the title-page, front paste-down, and several other leaves. Scarce. The American edition was issued without the text woodcuts and lithographed plates in the English edition. The first textbook of physiology (first published in German in four parts from 1833 to 1840) and a key book in the emergence of the still-dominant monist-materialist model in medicine and psychology. A vastly influential text. Muller's doctrine of specific nerve energies, of great importance in the history of psychology, first became widely known through his Handbuch. Zusne Biographical Dictionary of Psychology, pp. 308-9; Norman Catalog 1568 (original German edition); DSB: 567-74; Wozniak Mind and Body #38 & pp. 38-39. Weight: 2 pounds 12.0 ounces = 1.3 kg. Size: 9.5 x 6.2 x 2.4 inches = 23.8 x 15.5 x 6cm. "Muller's work began a new era in the study of physiology: he pioneered the use of experimental methods in medicine, introduced the element of psychology into physiological investigation . and made the first attempts to explain physiological problems in terms of existing comparative physical and chemical knowledge" [Norman Catalog]. "Fundamentally, the doctrine [of specific nerve energies] involved two cardinal principles. The first of these principles was that the mind is directly aware not of objects in the physical world but of states of the nervous system. The nervous system, in other words, serves as an intermediary between the world and the mind and thus imposes its own nature on mental processes. The second was that the qualities of the sensory nerves of which the mind receives knowledge in sensation are specific to the various senses, the nerve of vision being normally as insensible to sound as the nerve of audition is to light" [Wozniak p. 39]. Inquire if you need further information. Gach. Bookseller Inventory # CA05B-00015

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Title: Elements of Physiology.

Publisher: Lea and Blanchard

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fair

Edition: 1st Edition

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