THE writer of the present work, Dr. August Pi Suñer, is the sixth of a line of world-famed Catalonian biological, medical and research scientists. At the age of 24 he was successful in competition for the Chair of Physiology at Seville University, later passing to the same Chair at Barcelona University, whilst his long career since that time in the service of science covers more than half a century of great distinction and international honour. He is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, member of the Emperor Leopold Academy at Halle an der Saale, founded by Goethe, and of the Faculties of Medicine or Science in the Universities of Catalonia, Paris, Coimbra, Genoa, Buenos Aires, and of several Spanish Universities. He was for a considerable time President of the Academy of Medicine in Barcelona, Honorary or Active Member of the Biological Societies in Belgium, Spain, Paris, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and New York, Doctor honoris causâ of the Universities of Toulouse and Caracas, of the Medical School of Montevideo, and holder of many other distinctions. He has taken part in numerous important international commissions and scientific congresses in all parts of the world, including Great Britain and the United States. His tall, well-built, finely preserved figure and impressive voice have indeed been a constant feature at all International Physiological Congresses since the Heidelberg meeting in 1907 down to the latest at Montreal in 1953.
Dr. Pi Suñer went to Venezuela in 1939 and was immediately asked to establish a course of Physiopathology in the Central University of Caracas, thus presenting to professional men and students in that part of South America their first opportunity to attend on their home ground a brilliant series of lectures by an unrivalled authority of universal fame in this branch of knowledge. Shortly afterwards, he was entrusted with the task of creating the Institute of Experimental Medicine of Caracas University, and of putting it on a sound scientific basis to assure continued progress. The success of his undertaking is witnessed by the fact that, though small in its beginnings, this Institute now enjoys throughout South America a fame and reputation as international as that of its founder.
Among the multitudinous writings of this distinguished physician