An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

15858 entries, 13798 authors and 1925 subjects. Updated: February 4, 2023

GLISSON, Francis

5 entries
  • 3729
  • 4297.91

De rachitide sive morbo puerili, qui vulgo The Rickets dicitur tractatus.

London: Typis Th. Roycroft, inpensis Laurentii Sadler, 1650.

Although anticipated by Whistler and others in the description of infantile rickets, Glisson’s account was the fullest that had till then appeared. He was first (Chap. 22) to describe infantile scurvy. Glisson’s book on rickets was one of the earliest instances of collaborative medical research in England, combining the observations of Glisson and seven other contributors. G.Bate and A. Regemorter are credited as co-authors. This monograph on the biomechanics of deformities included an early study of the pathologic anatomy of scoliosis. An English translation appeared in 1651.



Subjects: Biomechanics, NUTRITION / DIET › Deficiency Diseases › Rickets, NUTRITION / DIET › Deficiency Diseases › Scurvy, ORTHOPEDICS › Orthopedic Surgery & Treatments › Spine
  • 972

Anatomia hepatis.

London: typ. Du-Gardianis, 1654.

First accurate description of the capsule of the liver (Glisson’s capsule) and its blood-supply. He also described the sphincter of the bile duct (“Glisson’s sphincter”, the sphincter of Oddi). This is the first book printed in England which gives a detailed account of a single organ based on original research. See No. 1098.1.



Subjects: ANATOMY › 17th Century, HEPATOLOGY › Hepatic Anatomy
  • 1098.1

Anatomia hepatis … subjiciuntur nonnulla de lymphae-ductibus nuper repertis.

London: Du-Gardianis, 1654.

Independently of Bartholin and Rudbeck, George Joyliffe (1621-58) observed the lymphatics. He communicated his discovery to Glisson early in 1652 and the latter included an account in the above work (Cap. xxxi). See No. 972.



Subjects: ANATOMY › 17th Century, Lymphatic System
  • 579

Tractatus de ventriculo et intestinis.

London: H. Brome, 1677.

Glisson introduced the idea of irritability as a specific property of all human tissue, a hypothesis which had no effect upon contemporary physiology, but which was later demonstrated experimentally by Haller (No. 587).



Subjects: PHYSIOLOGY
  • 11506

English manuscripts of Francis Glisson (1): from Anatomia hepatis (The anatomy of the liver), 1654. Cambridge Wellcome Texts and Documents, no. 3. Edited by Andrew Cunningham.

Cambridge, England: Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 1994.

Publishes for the first time the surviving partial English text of Glisson's book on the liver, and of the work's postscript on the lymphatic system. Glisson wrote in English, but his text was translated into Latin for publication by George Ent, with the expectation that it would receive a wider international readership in Latin than in English. The editor added explanatory notes.



Subjects: HEPATOLOGY › Hepatic Anatomy, Spleen: Lymphatics