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Robert Boyle's 'Memoirs for the natural history of human blood' (1684): print, manuscript and the impact of Baconianism in seventeenth-century medical science

Knight, H. and Hunter, Michael (2007) Robert Boyle's 'Memoirs for the natural history of human blood' (1684): print, manuscript and the impact of Baconianism in seventeenth-century medical science. Medical History 51 (2), pp. 145-164. ISSN 0025-7273.

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Abstract

Robert Boyle's 'Memoirs for the natural history of human blood', which appeared in its first and only edition in 1684, is a well-known but much misunderstood book. In this paper, we will argue that a consideration of its history before and after its publication is not only significant in itself but also does much to enhance our understanding of Boyle's intellectual method, and especially the implications of his commitment to Baconianism and his attitude to print as a medium.

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Additional Information: © Harriet Knight and Michael Hunter 2007. Medical History is published on behalf of The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/histmed/publications/med_hist This article is available on Pub Med Central at http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1871712
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology > The Robert Boyle Project (OLD)
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2008 13:17
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:33
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/700

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