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23 April 2008
GRÉHANT, Nestor (1838-1910). Recherches physiques sur la respiration de l'homme. Paris: Germer-Baillière, 1864. 8° (224 x 155mm). Lithographed plate (head margins of early leaves crumpled, some spotting). Original sage green printed wrappers (soiled, damaged and repaired at head), bound in modern boards. Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR at head of first page to Dr Gerbe. FIRST EDITION. Gréhant used Humphrey Davy's technique (used to measure the residual volume of his own lungs in 1800) of inhaling a hydrogen mixture contained in a mercurial air holder in order to determine the functional residual capacity, and the volume of the dead space, in 1864. Both used a forced breathing method, that was substituted by a prolonged dilution method by D.D. Van Slyke and C.A.L. Binger in 1923. Gedeon pp.49-50.
GRÉHANT, N. Recherches de physiologie et d'hygiéine sur l'oxyde de carbone. Paris: Alcan, . 8° (239 x 153mm). Illustrations (head of first leaf excised, one leaf in facsimile). Original blue printed wrappers, bound in modern boards. Provenance: PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR at head of first page (recipient's name excised). FIRST EDITION, original offprint, pp. [453-512] of the Journal de l'Anatomie et de la Physiologie Normales et Pathologiques de l'Homme et des Animaux.
RUNGE, W. Die Nase in ihren Beziehungen zum übrigen Körper. Jena: Fischer, 1885. 8° (219 x 144mm). Original cloth-backed boards. FIRST EDITION.
ASCHENBRANDT, Theodor. Die Bedeutung der Nase für die Athmung. Würzburg: Stahel, 1886. 8° (233 x 157mm). Large folding lithographed plate (central fold mark). Original sea-green printed wrappers (soiled), bound in modern boards. FIRST EDITION. Aschenbrandt 'provide[s] the first quantitative results on both the heat moisture exchanging and the filtrating properties of the nose and the upper airway' Gedeon p.52. (4)
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