1907-1949. 103 offprints. FIRST EDITIONS. All in first printing, original printed wrappers. Contained in a large folio clamshell box. Item #2434
SCIENTIFIC GIANT. Herbert McLean Evans (1882-1971), anatomist, embryologist, endocronologist, histologist, and a distinguished bibliophile, made substantial contributions to the fields of science. This collection includes his seminal paper, “On the existence of a hitherto unknown dietary factor essential for reproduction,” in which he and his collaborator, Dr. Katherine Bishop, present their monumental discovery of vitamin E and its role in fertility (from the Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 81, Sept. 15, 1923). In addition to his researches on vitamin E, he was involved in the isolation of the growth hormone, the adrenocorticotraphic principle (ACTH), and of the pituitary follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). This collection also includes several works that paved the way for innovative research on the function of the anterior hypophysis through Evan’s research on hypophysectomy technique in rats that left the hypothalamus in tact. Not only did he devote his life to a fuller understanding of the fundamental problems of anatomy, embryology, endocrinology, nutrition, and the physiology of reproduction, he also amassed seven extensive collections dedicated to the history of science.
A list of each offprint is available upon request.