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Alexander Monro, secundus - bibliography

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Scottish physician, born May 22, 1733, Edinburgh; died October 2, 1817, Edinburgh.


  • An Essay on the Dropsy and its Different Species. London, 1756.
    French translation by Savary, 1760; German 1762.
  • De venis lymphaticis valvulosis. Berlin, 1757.
    In this work Monro secundus showed that the lymphatics were absorbents and distinct from the circulatory system.
  • Observations, Anatomical and Physiological, Wherein Dr. Hunter’s Claim to Some Discoveries is Examined.
    Edinburgh, 1758.
  • A State of Facts Concerning the First Porposal of Performing the Paracentesis of the Thorax and the Discovery of the Lymphatic Valvular absorbent System of Oviparous Animals. In Answer to Mr. Hewson. Edinburgh, 1770.
  • Microscopical Inquiries Into the Nerves and Brain.
    Edinburgh, 1780.
  • Observations on the Structure and Functions of the Nervous System. Edinburgh, 1783. German translation; Leipzig, 1787.
    Contains his discovery of the «Foramen of Monro.»
  • Bemerkungen uber die Struktur und Verrichtungen des Nervensystems / durch Alexander Monro.
    Leipzig : Schwickertschen, 1787. 96 p.
  • The Structure and Physiology of Fishes Explained and Compared With Those of Man and Other Animals. Edinburgh, 1785.
    The first important Edinburgh textbook on comparative anatomy. German translation by J. G. Schneider, Leipzig, 1787.
  • A Description of All the Bursae Mucosae of the Human Body; Their Structure Explained and Compared With That of the Capsular Ligaments of the Joints, and of Those Sacs Which line the Cavities of the Thorax and Abdomen: With Remarks on the Accidents and Diseases Which Affect Those Several Sacs, and on the Operations Necessary for Their Cure.
    London, 1788.
    German translation by Johann Christian Rosenmüller (1771-1820), Leipzig, 1799.
    Contains the first full anatomical description of the sacs between the tendons and bones which Albinus had named the bursae mucosae.
  • Experiments on the Nervous System With Opium and Metallic Substances; Made Chiefly With the View of Determining the Nature and Effects of Animal Electricity. Edinburgh, 1793.
  • Observations on the Muscles and Particularly on the Effects of Their Oblique Fibres: With an Appendix, in Which the Pretension of Dr. Gilbert Blane, That He first Demonstrated the Same Effect to Be Produced by Oblique Muscles as by Straight Ones, With a Less Proportional Decurtation of Fibres is Proved to Be Quite Unfounded. Edinburgh, 1794.
    Refers to Gilbert Blane's (1747-1834) papers on muscular action, later collected in: Select dissertations on several subjects of medical science. Now first collected etc. London, 1822.
  • Three Treatises on the Brain, the Eye and the Ear.
    Edinburgh, 1797.
  • Alexcander Monro, tertius:
    ays and heads of Lectures on Anatomy, Physiology, and Surgery. With a memeoir of his Life . . . by His Son.
    Edinburgh, 1840.
  • Duncan, Senior:
    An Account of the Life, Writings and Character of Alexander Monro, Secundus. Edinburgh, 1818.

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