Hoffman RA1201 .M47
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).
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