Title page of Richard Mead's Mechanical Account of Poisons, 1702.
Hoffman  RA1201 .M47
 

 


                 RICHARD MEAD (1673-1754)

     Richard Mead was an eminent London physician.  He trained on the continent and graduated from Padua University. He set up his medical practice in the house where he was born in Stepney near London. He was an early proponent of smallpox inoculation and was appointed physician to King George II.
   Using a surprisingly modern approach in his research methods, he performed numerous experiments in his leisure time, including tests with viper venom which lead to his book on poisons. A Mechanical Account of Poisons,  describes their effects on the body in accordance with the precepts of the Iatrophysical School, which claimed that all physiologic and pathologic phenomena were the result of the laws of physics. The book established his reputation and he went to a lengthy and successful career.
   The Hoffman Library also has a copy of the enlarged third edition, published in 1745 (Hoffman  RA1201 .M47 1745).
    

Portrait of Richard Mead

 

 

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