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Changing Priorities

Changing Priorities


(p.262) Chapter 11 Changing Priorities
Pure Intelligence
Melvyn C. Usselman
University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses some of Wollaston’s physiological studies, such as the transfer of chemicals through a biological membrane in the presence of an electrical field, and his failed attempts to detect sugar in the blood of diabetics. The contemporary respect for Wollaston’s abilities is revealed by personal comment and social engagements, and several examples are given of Wollaston’s sporting visits to the country estates of wealthy acquaintances such as John Sebright. Wollaston’s trip to Paris in 1814 after the abdication of Napoleon is recounted, and the changes to his life brought on by the death of his father and Smithson Tennant in 1815 are described.

Keywords:   William Hyde Wollaston, physiological chemistry, blood sugar, John Sebright, Paris visit, Smithson Tennant

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