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Department of History and Philosophy of Science




R. Boyle,

Medicinal Experiments.

London : Samuel Smith and B Walford, 1696


Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is better known for his work in chemistry, but he was inspired to publish this collection of treatments for various afflictions out of a sense of philanthropy. Having been sickly himself, he compiled this list, obtained mostly “from able Surgeons and Practitioners… that those poor upholders of Families, who cannot find a Fee, or a Surgeon, or a Doctor, may be cheaply reliev’d without either of them.”

Unlike most of the books in this display, the owner of this one has not made any direct comments on the text, but they have added a number of their own instructions in the blank pages. Most appear to be related to horses, but some, such as “Dr Sydenham’s Receipt for a Diet Drink”, shown here, are not.





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