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A laboratory manual of physiological chemistry: by D. Wright Wilson

Identifier: 2015-002

Scope and content

This copy of Wilson's manual, originally published in 1928, is divided into two parts, a longish Introduction and a section on Body Tissues and Fluids. It contains detailed instructions for laboratory exercises. There are three lined sheet loosely laid into the text detailing Neal's work on a problem involving Ca++ Determination, dated March 16, 1943.


  • 1928


Biographical sketch

D.[avid] Wright Wilson was born in Knoxville, TN on January 4 1889. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1910 and in his senior year there was one of the first students to enroll in a class on Physiological Chemistry, taught by Walter Scott Hendrixson who had studied at Berlin and Gottingen. He received his M.A. degree from the University of Illinois and subsequently found employment at New York Hospital where he conduced food analyses of the diets of diabetic patients. Although he was tending toward a career as an organic chemist, an encounter with Otto Folin re-kindled his interest in physiological chemistry. Upon completion of Ph.D. at Yale University he received an appointment to the Physiological Chemistry Department of the John Hopkins Medical School. During the years 1918-1919 he served in the Sanitary Corps of the U.S. Army where he volunteered to do work on the effects of poison gas on body tissue. In 1922 he accepted a position as Benjamin Rush Professor and Head of the Department of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania where he remained until his retirement in 1955. In 1957 was named Emeritus Professor. Wilson served as Secretary, Vice-President and President f the American Society of Biological Chemists and in 1955 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. David Wright Wilson died on July 13 1965.


1 Linear Feet (272 pages; 24 cm.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Andrew Mangravite. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--2016..

General Note

This is a 6.25"x 9.25" hardbound, 208-page manual/text-book with interleaved blank pages for the owner to records his or her calculations and observations. The text was written by D. Wright Wilson, University of Pennsylvania, while the observations and calculations were the work of A. H. O'Neal, Jr.

General Note

"This manual is a revision of one written by Professor Walter Jones and the present author."--Preface.

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