Théorie Expérimentale de la Formation des Os.
Paris: Chez J.-B. Baillière, .1847
8vo, pp. viii, 164, 7 folding engraved plates of the structure of bones (1 partly hand-coloured). With the half-title, small signature dated 1862 and blind stamp on title. Some foxing. Original printed wrappers, uncut and unopened.
FIRST EDITION of Flourens’ second book on the subject of the formation of bone, in which he proposes and offers demonstrable proof of his theory of resorption, recounts his experiments using madder to dye bones, discusses earlier theories, and for the first time attempts the problem of the relation between between force and matter in the living body. Flourens had already demonstrated the rôle of the periosteum in the growth of bone.