Expériences sur la Digestion de l’Homme et de différentes espèces d’animaux. Avec des considérations sur la méthode de faire des expériences, & les conséquences pratiques qu’on peut tirer en médecine de ses découvertes; par Jean Senebier.

A Geneve: Chez Barthelemi Chirol, libraire. 1783

8vo, 1 leaf, pp. CXLIX, (i), 320. Contemporary sheep-backed boards, flat spine richly gilt, red edges, boards a little marked but a nice copy. Contemporary note of purchase in Cremona from Manini inside rear cover, gilt monogram with coronet in lower corner of upper cover and small paper shelf label on spine.

FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH of Spallanzani’s important study of digestion, volume 1 of his Dissertazioni di fisica animale e vegetabile, Modena 1780 (G&M 981), in which he discovered the action of saliva in digestion, confirmed the solvent power of the gastric juice (a term introduced by him), and showed that it prevented putrefaction. To this volume Senebier prefixed his own Considérations sur la méthode suivie par Monsieur l’Abbé Spallanzani dans ses expériences sur la digestion (149 pages). Prandi p. 81; an extract, but not the whole volume, had previously been published in French translation in the Journal de Physique.


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