1856. Item #78278
HASKELL, Benjamin. ESSAYS ON THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, WITH AN APPENDIX ON HYDROPHOBIA. Gloucester: John S. E. Rogers, Printer, 1856. Inscribed to "Dr. Martyn Laine from the Author" on the front wrapper. Lacks the plate. Octavo. 87, pp. Original blue paper wrappers with title information printed on the front and hand-written on the spine. Ex-library; only an ink stamp crossed out on copyright page and no other marks. Front cover detached and a bit edgeworn, some loss at spine, else a clean and very good copy. "He (Haskell) confuted the theories of Sir Charles Bell and Marshall Hall as to the sensory and motor functions of the spinal nerves, believing that physiologists overlooked the existence of a spiritual principle within the body and that 'the real cause of the production of a given phenomenon, is mental instead of physical." [Kelly & Burrage].