Excerpt from On the Bile, Jaundice and Bilious Diseases The liver is the largest gland in the body; and its importance to the animal comy is shown by its presence in the lowest tribes, and by its early appearance in the development of the embryo. It might be looked for that an organ so large and so constantly seen should be endowed with manifold functions; but for the demonstration of these we have had to wait almost to our own time, for it is hardly more than thirty years ago since Claude Bernard began a series of discoveries, which have ended in the restoration to the liver of all the functions which it formerly possessed, according to the speculations which we find recorded in the writings of Galen. That these functions become disturbed in disease is a proposition of great likelihood; and the liver may hereafter prove one of the most important of the organs concerned in all matters of nutrition, growth, sanguification, and animal life. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.