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Ruysch, Frederik (1638-1731) Dilucidatio Valvularum in Vasis Lymphaticis, et Lacteis. Cum Figuris Aeneis.
Leiden: Jacob Moukee, 1687.
Second edition, illustrated with seven engraved illustrations (some folding) after drawings by Ruysch, contents good, bound in later half speckled leather, marbled paper boards, 5 x 2 3/4 in.
This work is the first ever devoted to a description of the valves that govern the lymphatic system. Ruysch's discovery settled a dispute between Johannes van Horne and Louis de Bils regarding the existence of valves within the lymphatic vessels. The renowned Dutch anatomist lectured and dissected for more than sixty-five years as professor at the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons. His innovations in the preparation and preservation of tissues allowed him to dissect the delicate lymphatic system and its structures.