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LONDON : PRINTED BY WILLIAS CLOWES AND SONS, STAMFORD STREET

AND CHARING CROSS.

DEDICATION.

To GEORGE BUSK, Esq., F.R.S.

MY DEAR BUSK,

I BEG leave to dedicate these Lectures of mine to you, partly as my old and staunch friend, and partly as a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, and therefore a representative of the body to which I am indebted for the

opportunity of delivering them.

Ever

Yours very faithfully,

T. H. HUXLEY.

The Royal SchOOL OF MINES, JERMYN STREET.

March 7th, 1864,

PREFACE.

The present work contains, substantially, the Lectures which I delivered, in the spring of 1863, at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, in discharge of my duty as Hunterian Professor of Comparative Anatomy and Physiology to the College. I purpose, should I continue to hold that honourable office, to publish the substance of subsequent courses in a similar manner; and by that process to bring out, eventually, a comprehensive, though condensed, systematic work on Comparative Anatomy. In intention, therefore, the volume now before the reader is the first of a series, to be followed in due order by a second, “On Man and the other Primates ;” a third, on the remaining Mammalia, and so on. Whether this intention will ever be fully carried out depends on so many contingencies, however, that I have thought it the better course to let each volume remain, in form, independent of the rest.

I have much pleasure in expressing my obligations to the President and Council of the Royal College of Surgeons for the unrestricted access which I have enjoyed to the abundant anatomical treasures contained in their Museum and its storerooms, to which my Lectures are indebted for many of their most instructive illustrations.

Nor can I conclude without a word of thanks to the young artist, Mr. W. H. Wesley, to whose skill, painstaking, and thorough faithfulness, the excellence of most of those illustrations is due. It will be understood that, when the contrary is not expressly stated, the drawings are original.

The Lectures differ, by the omission of the inaugural Discourse, which would have been out of place in this volume of the work I contemplate; by additions to others; and by a change of arrangement, from those which were published in the Medical Times and Gazette."

T, H. H.

LONDON, March 7th, 1864.

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