Memoirs of a stomach: written by himself

This week’s Book of the Week is Memoirs of a stomach: written by himself, that all who eat may read, by Sidney Whiting, published by W.E. Painter in London in 1853. A typical passage:

My chief uses were these — To receive with becoming courtesy and politeness all nourishment that arrived in my parts, through an antichamber, or passage, called (Esophagus; and though, as I before explained, there was an officer named Palate, aided by a subordinate called Smell, stationed at the entrance to lay an embargo upon all improper importations, yet, generally speaking, I graciously received what the gods sent, and proceeded to perform my several duties. The instant food arrived within my portals, and touched the mucous surface, I secreted so strong an acid from the vigour of my adjacent coats that I reduced it to a sort of pulp; and out of the strangest materials, with the assistance of those below me…