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”

15853 entries, 13794 authors and 1925 subjects. Updated: January 31, 2023

MEAD, Richard

8 entries
  • 9569

A mechanical account of poisons in several essays.

London: J. R. for Ralph South, 1702.

Mead performed numerous experiments, including tests with viper venom which lead to his book on poisons. His book 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. Digital facsimile from Google Books at this link.



Subjects: TOXICOLOGY
  • 10160

De imperio solis ac lunae in corpora humana, et morbis inde oriundis.

London: Raphael Smith, 1704.

Mead formulated the position that periodic atmospheric tides arising from planetary forces produced alterations of gravity, elasticity, and air pressure; these changes, he argued, affected the human body in health and disease. Mesmer's disseration, which originated animal magnetism, was largely a plagiarism of Mead's work. Translated into English by Thomas Stack "under the author's inspection" as A treatise concerning the influence of the sun and moon upon human bodies, and the diseases thereby produced (London, 1748).

Digital facsimile of the 1704 edition from Google Books at this link, of the English translation at this link. See Frank A. Pattie, "Mesmer's medical dissertation and its debt to Mead's De imperio solis ac lunae," Journal of the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences, (1956) 275-287. 



Subjects: Iatrophysics, PSYCHOTHERAPY › Hypnosis
  • 5123

A short discourse concerning pestilential contagion, and the methods to be used to prevent it.

London: S. Buckley, 1720.

In 1719 Mead was asked for advice concerning an outbreak of plague in Marseilles, and replied with the above tract of 59 pages, which has been called the first epidemiological report produced by a physician at the command of the state. It underwent seven editions in one year. By the eighth edition (1722) Mead expanded it into a book of 150 pages. Mead concluded that isolation of the sick is more effective in stopping the spread of infection than general quarantine or fumigation. The book has been called almost a prophecy of what was to develop as the English public health system.



Subjects: EPIDEMIOLOGY, INFECTIOUS DISEASE › VECTOR-BORNE DISEASES › Flea-Borne Diseases › Plague (transmitted by fleas from rats to humans), PUBLIC HEALTH
  • 5417

De variolis et morbillis liber.

London: J. Brindley, 1747.

Includes a Latin translation of Rhazes’s commentary on smallpox. Mead favored inoculation, and his great authority and influence contributed to a more general acceptance of this measure. English translation entitled A discourse on the small pox and measles, London, 1748.



Subjects: INFECTIOUS DISEASE › Measles, INFECTIOUS DISEASE › Smallpox
  • 7127

Bibliotheca Meadiana, sive catalogus librorum Richardi Mead, M.D. qui prostabunt venales sub hasta, apud Samuelem Baker ... Londini, die lunae, 18vo. Novembris, M.DCC.LIV., iterumque die lunae, 7mo. Aprilis, M.DCC.LV.

London: Catalogi venundantur apud plurimos Londini Bibliopolas, 1754.

Mead's library consisted of upwards of 10,000  printed volumes, and many rare and valuable manuscripts. The collection was especially rich in medical works, and in early editions of the classics; it realized over £5,500 in a sale that lasted no fewer than 28 days. Mead was also a collector of classical antiquities, paintings, coins, and medals. His art collections, including several Rembrandts, realized £10,550. Digital facsimile from the Internet Archive at this link.



Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Catalogues of Physicians' / Scientists' Libraries
  • 9507

Medica sacra; or a commentary on the most remarkable diseases, mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Translated from the Latin under the author's inspection by Thomas Stack. To which are prefixed memoirs of the life and writings of the learned author.

London: J. Brindley, 1755.

First published by Brindley in Latin in 1749. This is the best edition. Digital facsimile from the Hathi Trust at this link.



Subjects: RELIGION & Medicine & the Life Sciences
  • 12699

Authentic memoirs of the life of Richard Mead. [By Matthew Maty]

London: J. Whiston and B. White, 1755.

Digital facsimile from Google Books at this link.



Subjects: BIOGRAPHY (Reference Works) › Biographies of Individuals
  • 11523

The medical works of Richard Mead.

London: Hitch & Hawes, 1762.


Subjects: Collected Works: Opera Omnia, INFECTIOUS DISEASE, TOXICOLOGY