Irish Newtonian physicians and their arguments: the case of Bryan Robinson

Roos, Anna Marie (2017) Irish Newtonian physicians and their arguments: the case of Bryan Robinson. In: Reading Newton in early modern Europe. Brill, Leiden. ISBN 9789004336643

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Abstract

There has been little study of the application of Newtonian theory to medicine amongst the medical community in Ireland. Closer inquiry is required to establish the extent to which the Galenist humoral approach retreated (if at all) during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the face of new knowledge, new medical theories and new styles of practice. This chapter will thus analyze the impact and spread of Newtonian ideas inside and outside Irish medicine, moving to a specific analysis of Bryan Robinson’s place in that dissemination of knowledge. Robinson discovered the differential pulse, and using Newtonian chemical theory, came quite close to identifying the role of what we now know as an oxygenating principle in the atmosphere. I will also analyze Robinson’s detractors, thereby contextualizing Newtonian physicians and their arguments.

Keywords:Bryan Robinson, Newtonianism, Enlightenment, Respiration, Deism
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V211 Irish History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V340 Intellectual History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
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Deposited On:31 Jul 2016 16:16

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