GOODWYN, Edmund.

The Connexion of Life with Respiration; or, an experimental inquiry into the fffects[!] of submersion, strangulation, and several kinds of noxious airs, on living animals…

London: Printed by T. Spilsbury…for J. Johnson…1788

8vo, 2 leaves, pp. xvi, 126, 2 engraved plates. Title page guarded on verso, ink stain on p. 118. Modern calf-backed boards, spine gilt, marbled sides, vellum tips, uncut.

FIRST EDITION, being “an expansion of his dissertation [in Latin] of 1786 for which he received the gold medal of the Humane Society. A pioneering, very important work”, in which Goodwyn applied the new chemical knowledge to resuscitation, recommending not only that the bodies of drowned persons should be warmed, but also suggesting the introduction of oxygen into the lungs. He was an early experimenter with respiration and he devised experiments to measure the quantity of air taken into the lungs following complete expiration. G&M 2028.53. Huston, Resuscitation, 50. American Society of Anesthesiologists exhibition, 58.


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