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”

15793 entries, 13706 authors and 1920 subjects. Updated: October 6, 2022

BOYLE, Robert

7 entries
  • 914

New experiments physico-mechanical touching the spring of the air.

Oxford: H. Hall for T. Robinson, 1660.

Boyle showed the effects of the elasticity, compressibility, and weight of air. He investigated the function of air in respiration, combustion, and conveyance of sound. Most significantly Boyle demonstrated that air is essential for life.



Subjects: Chemistry, PHYSIOLOGY, RESPIRATION
  • 665.1

Certain physiological essays.

London: Henry Herringman, 1661.

In this prelude to Boyle’s Sceptical chymist Boyle describes his corpuscular view of digestion, “giving recognition to the existence of the agents now designated the ‘enzymes’ ” (Fulton, Bibliography of Robert Boyle [1961] 25). The above work also contains Boyle’s first published accounts of chemical experiments.



Subjects: BIOCHEMISTRY, GASTROENTEROLOGY › Anatomy & Physiology of Digestion
  • 666

A defence of the doctrine touching the spring and weight of the air.

London: J. G. for Thomas Robinson, 1662.

Boyle’s law. The above pamphlet was appended to the second edition of Boyle’s The spring and weight of the air, 1662. The relevant passage is reproduced inj. F. Fulton’s Selected readings in the history of physiology, 2nd ed., 1966, pp. 8-10. Fulton published an annotated bibliography of Boyle’s works in 1956 (2nd ed., 1961).



Subjects: Chemistry, PHYSIOLOGY
  • 861

Memoirs for the natural history of humane blood, especially the spirit of that liquor.

London: S. Smith, 1684.

The first analysis of blood, Boyle’s Memoirs may be considered the first scientific study in physiological chemistry, exhibiting methods which have become universally adopted. This is Boyle’s most important medical work.



Subjects: BIOCHEMISTRY, HEMATOLOGY
  • 11557

Of the reconcileableness of specifick medicines to the corpuscular philosophy to which is annexed a discourse about the advantages of the use of simple medicines.

London: Printed for Sam. Smith, 1685.

In this work on drug action or pharmacodynamics Boyle argued that remedies composed of only one or two ingredients were preferable to more complex drugs for two reasons. First, because the patient would experience fewer side effects, and second because the physician could more readily verify the effects of a specific drug upon his patient.

Digital text from Early English Books Online at this link.



Subjects: PHARMACOLOGY › Pharmacodynamics
  • 11201

A bibliography of the Honourable Robert Boyle, Fellow of the Royal Society. Second edition. By John F. Fulton.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1961.


Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographies of Individual Authors, PHYSIOLOGY › History of Physiology
  • 9573

The works of Robert Boyle. Edited by Michael Hunter and Edward B. Davis. 14 vols.

London: Pickering & Chatto, 19992000.


Subjects: Chemistry, Collected Works: Opera Omnia