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VITAL MOTION.
Radcliffe, Charles Bland.

VITAL MOTION.

As a Mode of Physical Motion. Macmillan and Co. 1876. 1st Ed. vi + 252pp. 9 figures. Some very light browning, ex.-lib. with ink stamp to pastedown, original cloth, browned and sl. chipped title label to spine. [With]. VITAL MOTION ... Macmillan and Co. 1882. 2nd Ed. viii + 190pp. 9 figures. Some very light browning, ex.-lib. with ink stamp to pastedown, original cloth, browned title label to spine frayed to head. Together 2 vols.
From the preface of volume two ‘... I have prepared a second edition of the books already published under the title ‘Vital Motion ...’ in fewer pages, and with alterations, in the argument chiefly, which make it a new book rather than a new edition ...’ Charles Brand Radcliffe (1822-1889) was one of the physicians who made major contributions to the literature of epilepsy in the mid-19th century, when the modern understanding of the disorder was beginning to emerge, particularly in England ... Radcliffe was one of the chief early advocates for potassium bromide, the first effective anticonvulsant. D.N.B. ‘... [Radcliffe] was one of the earliest investigators in this country of the electrical physiology of muscle and nerve ... He was, as Sir Burdon-Sanderson points out, essentially a vitalist, but with this difference-that in his doctrine electricity took the place of the vital principle.’
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