LISTER, Joseph, Baron.

Contributions to Physiology and Pathology. From the Philosophical Transactions.—Part II. for 1858.

London: Printed by Taylor and Francis… .1859

Large 4to, 1 leaf, pp. 607–702, 2 lithographed plates (1 chromolithographed) from drawings by Lister. Original buff wrappers (slight wear to ends of spine, upper wrapper detached).

OFFPRINT. G&M 2298, the third paper, On the early stages of inflammation, one of Lister’s most valuable researches. “This offprint contains three closely related papers on inflammation — ‘An inquiry regarding the parts of the nervous system which regulate the contractions of the arteries’, ‘On the cutaneous pigmentary system of the frog’, and ‘On the early stages of inflammation’ — the fruit of a year’s intensive research undertaken to determine whether inflammation was an active or passive process… The third and most important of these papers records the earliest stages produced in a frog’s web by such irritants as hot water and chloroform; the remaining two papers contain original observations on nervous control of artery diameter and on the relationship between inflammation and pigmentation changes in the frog. Lister’s results led him to conclude that inflammation was an active principle… Lister always believed — mistakenly but sincerely — that these three papers on inflammation were his most important work, eclipsing even his introduction of antiseptic techniques into surgical practice” (Norman). Norman catalogue 1363.


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