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Or, the Laws of Organic Life
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Medicine

  • Date Published: May 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108005562

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  • Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802) is remembered not only as the grandfather of Charles but as a pioneering scientist in his own right. A friend and correspondent of Josiah Wedgwood, Joseph Priestley and Matthew Boulton, he practised medicine in Lichfield, but also wrote prolifically on scientific subjects. He organised the translation of Linnaeus from Latin into English prose, coining many plant names in the process, and also wrote a version in verse, The Loves of Plants. The aim of his Zoonomia, published in two volumes (1794–6), is to 'reduce the facts belonging to animal life into classes, orders, genera, and species; and by comparing them with each other, to unravel the theory of diseases'. The first volume describes human physiology, especially importance of motion, both voluntary and involuntary; the second is a detailed description of the symptoms of, the and the cures for, diseases, categorised according to his physiological classes.

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    • Date Published: May 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108005562
    • dimensions: 325 x 250 x 156 mm
    • weight: 3.7kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: Preface
    1. Of motion
    2. Explanations and definitions
    3. The motions of the retina demonstrated by experiments
    4. Laws of animal causation
    5. Of the four faculties of motions of the sensorium
    6. Of the four classes of fibrous motions
    7. Of irritative motions
    8. Of sensitive motions
    9. Of voluntary motions
    10. Of associate motions
    11. Additional observations on the sensorial powers
    12. Of stimulus, sensorial exertion, and fibrous contraction
    13. Of vegetable animation
    14. Of the production of ideas
    15. Of the classes of ideas
    16. Of instinct
    17. The catenation of animal motions
    18. Of sleep
    19. Of reverie
    20. Of vertigo
    21. Of drunkenness
    22. Of propensity to motion
    23. Of the circulatory system
    24. Of the secretion of saliva, and of tears
    25. Of the stomach and intestines
    26. Of the capillary glands, and of the membranes
    27. Of hæmorrhages
    28. The paralysis of the lacteals
    29. The retrograde motion of the absorbent vessels
    30. The paralysis of the liver
    31. Of temperaments
    32. Diseases of irritation
    33. Of sensation
    34. Of volition
    35. Of association
    36. The periods of diseases
    37. Of digestion, secretion, nutrition
    38. Of the oxygenation of the blood in the lungs and placenta
    39. Of generation
    40. Of ocular spectra
    Volume II: Preface
    1. Diseases of irritation
    2. Diseases of sensation
    3. Diseases of volition
    4. Diseases of association.

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    Erasmus Darwin

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