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Robinson aims to show, contrary to the assertions of Robert Lee, that the human foetus, in common with that of all the higher animals, invariably contains, during the latter periods of intra-uterine life, albuminous or nutritious matter, which undergoes digestion in the small intestines. He finds that the nature of this substance varies very much in different animals. In the earlier periods of foetal life, the stomach contains very little, if any, nutritious matter. He is disposed to consider the salivary glands as the source of the albuminous matter found in the stomach at later periods. He presents observations on the dissection of several rabbit foetuses.

Subject: Physiology / Embryology

Received 3 June 1846. Communicated by W [William] Bowman.

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 some peculiarities of foetal digestion'.

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June 1846
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George Robinson

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George Robinson, Unpublished paper, 'On some peculiarities of foetal digestion' by George Robinson, June 1846, AP/28/20, The Royal Society Archives, London,, accessed on 25 June 2024

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