Reference numberAP/15/27
TitleUnpublished paper, 'On the use of a substance call'd the false tongue in foals' by [William] Sewell
Date25 February 1832
DescriptionSewell describes the purpose and composition of the 'false tongue', a concretion in a newborn foal's mouth. Sewell believes it is present because the foal does not respire through the mouth before birth, and it is ejected because the foal needs to be able to suckle on birth. Dr [William] Prout found that the substance was composed primarily of coagulated albumen.

An ink inscription final page verso reads 'not to be printed' with John George Children's initials below. Corrections appear throughout in ink.

Subject: Zoology

Communicated by Sir Chs [Charles] Bell. Received by the Royal Society on 7 March 1832. Read 21 June 1832.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 3 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'On the use of a substance called the false tongue in foals'.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1830.0073
Fellows associated with this archive
NA3507Bell; Sir; Charles (1774 - 1842)1774 - 1842
NA5256Sewell; William (? 1781 - 1853)? 1781 - 1853
NA1335Prout; William (1785 - 1850)1785 - 1850
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