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Medicinal Experiments: or a Collection of - BOYLE Robert - 1693. 
1693 - BOYLE, Robert. Medicinal Experiments: or a Collection of Choice and Safe Remedies, For the most part Simple, and easily prepared: Useful in Families, and very Serviceable to Country People". To which is annexed a Catalogue of his Theological and Philosophical Books and Tracts. London: Sam Smith, 1693. BOUND WITH: Medicinal Experiments". The Second Volume. London: S. Smith, and B. Walford, 1693. Two volumes in one. Small octavo (3-3/4 by 4 inches), 18th-century full paneled brown calf rebacked and recornered, raised bands, red morocco spine label. $5200.Second edition, issued only one year after the first, of a book of home remedies by Robert Boyle, discoverer of Boyle's Law, an exceptional work documenting his ongoing "attempt to apply scientific principles to medical practice," many remedies based on experiments on his own body.Boyle was the "best known English scientist of his day, and the greatest experimental scientist of the mid-17th century" (PMM 141). His famous experiments on the properties of air led to the discovery of the inverse ratio between air pressure and volume, still known as Boyle's Law. "The true precursor of the modern chemist". he was the first to distinguish definitely a mixture from a compound; with him originated the definition of an 'element' as a hitherto undecomposed constituent of a compound" (DNB). "There is little that Boyle did not touch; and almost every branch of modern science can trace phases of its origin in his writings" (Fulton xi). Medicinal Experiments pragmatically documents his ongoing "attempt to apply scientific principles to 17th-century medical practice" (Norman 306). He suffered most of his life from poor health, and was perpetually "engaged in medicine and experimented extensively with medications""much of it on his own body" (Agassi, Psychiatry as Medicine, 26). This fascinating volume contains his extensive collection of tested remedies and treatments, for everything from dysentery and gonorrhea to blisters and toothaches. It reflects not only his belief in experimentation, but also his interest in "the production of 'beneficial effect' in the area of medicinal remedies" (Hunert, Robert Boyle Reconsidered, 63). Perhaps most of all, it speaks to his particular concern for the welfare of "those poor Upholders of Families, who cannot find or Fee a surgeon, or a Doctor." Volumes I & II: first published in 1692. Volume I with general title page, separate title pages for Volume I: "A Second Part" and "Catalogue of the Philosophical Books and Tracts". To which is added, A Catalogue of the Theological Books." Volume II with separate title page. Each volume with imprimature leaf. A third and final volume was published in 1694. Fulton 180. Osleriana 952. ESTC R10015. See Walleriana 1392; Krivatsy 1723, 1724. Contemporary owner signature, inscription dated 1724, early marginalia at times commenting on remedies.Text generally fresh, edge of rear blank with tiny bit of early restoration, mild rubbing to boards. An extremely good copy in early paneled calf. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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