London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
POISEUILLE, Jean Léonard Marie (1799-1869). Recherches sur la force du coeur aortique; thèse présentée ...à la Faculté de Médicine de Paris. Paris: Didot le jeune, 1828. 4° (257 x 188mm). Engraved plate (a little very light spotting). Modern red morocco.
FIRST EDITION of the young Poisseuille's doctoral thesis, SCARCE. 'Poisseuille was the first after Stephen Hales to make any important addition to the knowledge of the physiology of circulation. In his graduation thesis, above, he described a "haemodynamometer" invented by himself and which he used to repeat some of Hales's blood-pressure experiments. With his haemomanometer, a mercury manometer, which was a great improvement on the long tube used by Hales, Poisseuille showed that the blood-pressure rises and falls on expiration and inspiration, and measured the degree of arterial dilatation produced by each heart beat', Garrison-Morton 767; Gedeon pp. 188-89.
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