Reference numberAP/31/19
TitleUnpublished paper, 'Minute examination of the organ of taste in man' by Augustus [Volney] Waller
DescriptionWaller begins by describing his mode of observation, which differs from that followed by previous observers. It consists in removing from the living tongue one of the papillae, and immediately subjecting it to examination. He then proceeds to describe the epithelium, the fungiform papillae, the conical papillae and the inferior surface with its mucous glands. He explains that the epithelium is of two kinds: the flat plates with a central nucleus, which are mostly found clothing the stem and other regions of the fungiform papillae, and the globular cells which compose most of the external parts of the processes of the conical papillae.

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout.

Subject: Physiology

Received 6 January 1849.

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 'Minute examination of the organ of taste in man'.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1843.0180
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NA5239Waller; Augustus Volney (1816 - 1870)1816 - 1870
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