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”

15791 entries, 13704 authors and 1919 subjects. Updated: September 13, 2022

BRIGGS, William

3 entries
  • 1481.2

Ophthalmo-graphia; sive, oculi eiusque partium descriptio anatomica.

Cambridge, England: J. Hart, 1676.

First English treatise on the anatomy of the eye. Briggs described the papilla of the optic disc and hypothesized that vibrations caused by rays of light striking fibers of the retina were conveyed to the papilla, and thence to the optic thalami, on the model of a spider’s web.



Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY › Anatomy of the Eye & Orbit, OPHTHALMOLOGY › Physiology of Vision
  • 1481.3

Nova visionis theoria.

Philosophical Collections, No. 6,167-78, 1682.

Briggs’ treatise on the physiology of vision influenced Sir Isaac Newton, who reprinted it in book form with his own introduction, London, 1685.



Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY › Physiology of Vision
  • 5822

Two remarkable cases relating to vision.

Phil. Trans., 14, 561-65, London, 1684.

Includes the first known description of nyctalopia.



Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY › Diseases of the Eye