Antoine Lavoisier and the study of
respiration: 200 years old

by
Stokes MA.
University Department of Surgery,
Auckland Hospital,
New Zealand.
Aust N Z J Surg. 1991 Mar;61(3):229-32


ABSTRACT

Antoine Lavoisier has been called the father of modern chemistry. From a medical point of view, he introduced the study of respiration and metabolism and so founded biochemistry. With his experiments, our knowledge of how the body works made immense strides forward. Two hundred years ago, he wrote his last authentic and untouched account of his views on respiration, in a letter to Joseph Black in Edinburgh. This opportunity has been taken to briefly review this work and the life of a man who did much to improve our understanding of ourselves.
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