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Traite d'anatomie descriptive

Bichat, Xavier

Published by Gabon; Brosson, Paris, 1801
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Bichat, [Marie Francois] Xavier (1771-1802). Traite d'anatomie descriptive. 5 vols., 8vo. Paris: Gabon et Cie.; Brosson, 1801-3. 201 x 126 mm. Calf c. 1803, gilt spines, rubbed, some hinges cracking, head of Vol. V spine chipped. Occasional foxing & soiling, stains in inner margins of first and last few leaves in most vols., corner of one leaf in Vol. IV torn with loss of a few letters, but a very good, crisp copy. 19th cent. engraved bookplate of Dr. Macreight (probably Chambers Macreight, botanist and physician [1799-1856]). First Edition. Garrison-Morton 404; 1315. Bichat was the founder of pathological anatomy, creating a theory of disease based on tissues rather than organs. "[Bichat's] five-volume Anatomie descriptive (1801-3) and his work on general anatomy applied to physiology and medicine (1802) opened out an entirely new field for anatomists, that of a detailed description of the parts and tissues of the body in health and disease. . . . Bichat was a forerunner of Henle and the histologists, dividing the tissues into 21 (non-microscopic) varieties, which he treated as indivisible parts, like the elements in chemistry, each tissue having its own particular kind of sensibility and contractibility" (Garrison, Hist. Med., pp. 444-45). The Anatomie descriptive was Bichat's last exposition of his pathological system; he died in 1802 at the age of 31, having completed only the first three volumes. The remaining volumes were completed by Francois Buisson and Philibert-Joseph Roux. Vol. III includes the section "Nerfs de la vie organique," in which Bichat introduced the terms "animal" and "vegetative" system. Maulitz, Morbid Appearances, pp. 9-35. Waller 1031. Bookseller Inventory # 35956

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Title: Traite d'anatomie descriptive

Publisher: Gabon; Brosson, Paris

Publication Date: 1801

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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