Pamphlets on Biology (2559); Kofoid Collection
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1863. Excerpt: ... estimate in which many of his published works are held, and it is this which was, I suspect, the reason why his published writings bear so small a proportion to the vast mass of rough manuscript which he left behind him, especially on the subjects with which we are at present engaged. The perusal of the work just mentioned will show how, while occupied with a large and anxious practice--in itself labour enough for ordinary men--while cultivating with what I might describe as a passionate energy the sciences of physiology and pathology, while collecting and arranging a museum such as never has been formed before or since by a single individual, he had also carefully recorded a series of dissections of different species of animals which, as his learned editor justly says, if "published seriatim, would not only have vied with the labours of Daubenton as recorded in the 'Histoire Naturelle' of Buffon, or with the 'Comparative Dissections' of Vicq d'Azyr, which are inserted in the early volumes of the EncychpSdie Methodique and in the Memoires de VAcadtmie Royale de France, but they would have exceeded them both together. In fact, they would have established Hunter's fame as by far the greatest contributor to the knowledge of animal structure of his time, and, what is more important, would have aided most materially in the advancement and diffusion of that knowledge. Palmer's edit. voL iv. p. vi. dissections, more or less complete, of no less than 129 species of mammalia, 80 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, 9 of amphibia, and 19 of fishes, besides numerous invertebrated animals of various classes; and these appear to be by no means the entire series of dissections left by Hunter. The fate of the original manuscripts forms a sad page in the history of...
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