Selected Readings in the History of Physiology

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by John Farquhar Fulton M.D.
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John Farquhar Fulton M.D. was an accomplished American physiologist, science writer, and lover of medical history. Inspired by Long’s Readings in Pathology in 1929, Fulton wanted to create a similar volume of physiological readings. Fulton compiled various works in order to preserve ideas in several fields of physiological thought. Some subjects covered in this volume include: circulation, respiration, digestion, muscle response, the nervous system, and many more.

This edition is a compilation of works from Aristotle to Cushing along with other contemporary writers of the time and helps to provide important and unobtainable works to those who wish to learn the fundamental history of physiology. This edition includes such essays as “De usu partium” by Galen, “De partibus animalium” by Aristotle, 1776 resolution by Captain James Cook “On the Method taken for preserving the health of the crew of H.M.S.”, as well as an essay by Pavlov.

This facsimile also includes 60 illustrations selected by Fulton. He notes that these illustrations are to provide figures and portraits that are not often seen in other historical works on physiology.

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