Recherches physiologiques sur la vie et la mort

Paris: Fortin, Masson et Cie, [after 1845]. Later edition. 8vo. 392 pp. Engraved frontispiece by Leroux after E. Marc of David's sculpture of Bichat. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards. Pale dampstain to first few leaves, binding slightly rubbed, overall in good condition / From the Collection of Allan B. Kirsner, M.D. Item #401884

"When Volta questioned the validity of experiments claiming to show responsiveness of an ex vivo heart, devoid of blood flow and nervous connections, Bichat obtained permission to experiment upon the freshly killed bodies of those guillotined during the French Revolution. His trials on both laboratory animals and human cadavers led him to conclude that cardiac excitation by electricity would occur only when the organ was stimulated by direct contact" (Garrison-Morton-Norman 597, first edition of 1800).

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