Reference numberAP/41/5
TitleUnpublished paper, 'On the action of bile upon fats with additional observations on excretine' by W [William] Marcet
DescriptionHaving previously observed and communicated to the Société de Biologie of Paris, that by heating a solution of neutral tribasic phosphate of soda mixed with animal fatty acids, an emulsion was obtained attended with the formation of a small quantity of soap, while no such action occurred if neutral fats were used instead of fatty acids, Marcet 'was induced to inquire into the nature of the action of bile on neutral fats and fatty acids (sheep’s bile being used), with the final object of throwing, if possible, some additional light on the digestion of fats'. Marcet concludes that a mixture of bile and neutral fats (stearine, oleine and margarine), heated to a temperature above the fusing-point of the fat, undergoes no change, and no chemical action takes place; and that during digestion, the stomach decomposes fats into fatty acids using bile.

Subject: Biology / Chemistry

Received 10 June 1858. Read 17 June 1858.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 9 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'On the action of bile upon fats; with additional observations on excretine'.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1857.0074
Related records in the catalogueRR/3/190
Fellows associated with this archive
NA7602Marcet; William (1828 - 1900)1828 - 1900
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