Reference numberAP/27/26
TitleUnpublished paper, 'Observations on the growth and development of the epidermis' by Erasmus Wilson
DateMay 1845
DescriptionWilson shares microscopic observations on the epidermis. He finds it to be composed of four kinds of elements, arranged in such a manner as to constitute an irregular plane, similar to a tesselated or mosaic pavement. The four elements are granules, aggregated granules, nucleated granules and nucleolo-nucleated cells. Wilson is of the opinion that the nuclei, up to a certain point, grow with the cells, by the separation of the original granules from the deposition between them of interstitial matter, and also by the cleavage of the latter and the consequent multiplication of the granules.

Includes one page of figures of cells from the epidermis. Marked on back as 'Archives 30 October 1845 S H C [Samuel Hunter Christie]'.

Subject: Medicine / Dermatology

Received 19 May 1845.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 5 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'Observations on the growth and development of the epidermis'.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
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Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1843.0058
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7637Wilson; Sir; William James Erasmus (1809 - 1884)1809 - 1884
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