This French language title page (left), from Two Memoirs of the Movement of Blood and the Effects of Bleeding: Based on Experiments on Animals, was printed in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1756 by publisher Marc-Michel Bousquet and Company. The author, Victor Albrecht von Haller (1708–1777), helped pioneer the concept that capillaries lack contractility. An eccentric Swiss botanist, anatomist, physiologist, and physician, Haller had a genius for languages as well as sciences. Opposite the unusual choice for a frontispiece (right), Haller proudly listed his memberships in the “Royal Academies of Science in Paris, London, Berlin, Stockholm, etc.” (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)

This French language title page (left), from Two Memoirs of the Movement of Blood and the Effects of Bleeding: Based on Experiments on Animals, was printed in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1756 by publisher Marc-Michel Bousquet and Company. The author, Victor Albrecht von Haller (1708–1777), helped pioneer the concept that capillaries lack contractility. An eccentric Swiss botanist, anatomist, physiologist, and physician, Haller had a genius for languages as well as sciences. Opposite the unusual choice for a frontispiece (right), Haller proudly listed his memberships in the “Royal Academies of Science in Paris, London, Berlin, Stockholm, etc.” (Copyright © the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Inc.)

George S. Bause, M.D., M.P.H., Honorary Curator, ASA’s Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology, Schaumburg, Illinois, and Clinical Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. UJYC@aol.com.