This is a monumental historical treatise, centered around one of the founders of scientific biology, the 17th Century Italian, Marcello Malpighi (1628–1694). Its author, the outstanding embryologist and historian of embryology, Howard Adelmann, is best known for his book on the 16th Century anatomist and embryologist, Fabricius. The present treatise, which consists of five folio-size volumes, is a monument not only to Malpighi but also to the author, who spent several decades in preparing it, to the Cornell University Press which edited it, and to the craftsmanship of the printer, the Oxford University Press in England.
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