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Unpublished letter, 'On the structure of the ultimate fibril of the muscle of animal life' from Erasmus Wilson to Peter Mark Roget

Reference number: AP/27/12

Date: 05 June 1844

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Using a powerful microscope, Wilson is able to make discoveries on the structure of the ultimate muscular fibril. He records his observations upon a specimen taken from the arm of a strong, healthy man immediately after its amputation. He finds each fibril to be composed of minute cells with flattened surfaces, arranged in a linear series, creating a uniform cylindrical shape.

Followed by one page of diagrams regarding the structure of the ultimate fibril of the muscle of animal life.

Subject: Biology / Physiology

Received 13 June 1844. Communicated by Roget.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 5 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'On the Structure of the Ultimate Fibril of the Muscle of Animal Life'.

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AP/27/12
Earliest possible date
05 June 1844
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14 pages
Format
Diagram
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William James Erasmus Wilson

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William James Erasmus Wilson, Unpublished letter, 'On the structure of the ultimate fibril of the muscle of animal life' from Erasmus Wilson to Peter Mark Roget, 05 June 1844, AP/27/12, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_27_12/unpublished-letter-on-the-structure-of-the-ultimate-fibril-of-the-muscle-of-animal-life-from-erasmus-wilson-to-peter-mark-roget, accessed on 01 March 2024

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