Bichat mentions ‘les expriences nombreuses que j'ai faites sur les animaux vivans.’
Bichat assumed the existence of a special group of "physiological" sciences.
All that method could do had been accomplished by Bichat and his followers.
Bichat defined life as the ensemble of the functions which resist death.
On the development arising from practice, see Bichat sur la Vie, pp. 207–225.
This idea found its tersest expression in the definition of Bichat, that life is the sum total of the forces which resist death.
And Bichat proceeds to make the obvious application of this doctrine of synthetic life, if I may so call it, to pathology.
We will close with a comparison between Glisson's irritability, and Bichat's contractility.
It does not deal with organs, as did the earlier anatomists, nor with tissues, after the manner of Bichat.
The division is as old as Aristotle, but has become the common property of science only since the days of Bichat.
Bichat Bi·chat (bē-shä'), Marie François Xavier. 1771-1802.
French physiologist and anatomist who pioneered the histological study of organs.