John Henderson's A life of Ernest Starling PDF

By John Henderson

ISBN-10: 0080535496

ISBN-13: 9780080535494

ISBN-10: 1461475260

ISBN-13: 9781461475262

Ernest Starling (1866-1927) used to be pre-eminent within the golden age of British body structure. His identify is mostly linked to his legislation of the center, yet his discovery of secretin (the first hormone whose mode of motion was once defined) and his paintings on capillaries have been extra vital contributions. He coined the note 'hormone' 100 years in the past. His research of capillary functionality established that equivalent and opposite Read more...

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The Elements of Human Physiology (1892) was, in spite of its title, no student crammer, for it was 464 pages long; nor was it an amateurish first shot at a textbook, for it ran to eight editions. The last edition was published in 1907, by which time its length had crept up to 716 pages, and perhaps outgrown its title. Marriage to Florence Wooldridge Socially, Ernest was keeping-up with Wooldridge's widow, Florence. In fact, he was more than keeping-up with her, because on December 21,1891, they were married at St.

Cuthberts, and the house became a home-away-from-home for many visitors to University College. In the summer there were parties almost every weekend, with Gertrude a memorable hostess, showing special concern for the wives of visiting academics. There were two tennis courts, and a great deal of music, including E. Starling (baritone), F. Starling (piano), and W. Bayliss (violin). Perhaps mixing work and social life was related to the Victorians' skill at entertaining themselves, and playing tennis or music with a colleague facilitated the delicate business of doing research with them.

The rhythmical pendular movements seem to mix the intestinal contents, for the absorption of the products of digestion depends upon digestive enzymes having access to all the food. This was known before Bayliss and Starling began their work on the subject. Their significant contribution in this field lies in their analysis of the second type of gut movement: peristalsis. Peristalsis is a more complex type of activity than pendular movement, for it is the process by which the gut contents are actually moved down the intestine.

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