|John F. Fulton’s A Bibliography of the Honourable Robert Boyle (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1932) remains the authoritative bibliography for works of the famous 17th century natural philosopher, chemist, and physiologist. Any book dealer today offering a book by Boyle continues to identify it by its Fulton number. This copy belonged to Klebs and is bound in partial vellum.|
|Robert Boyle was one of the chief figures associated with the new Royal Society of London founded after the Restoration. Fulton collected editions of Boyle’s many works on chemistry, physics, physiology, and religion, as a basis for his definitive bibliography. Although Boyle was not a physician, he wrote also on remedies. The plate shows Robert Boyle’s pneumatic machine used in studies of the air, including animal respiration.||
Robert Boyle, 1627-1691
New Experiments Physico-mechanical, Touching Spring of the Air, and its Effects.
(Made, For the Most Part, in a New Pneumatical Engine).
Oxford: H. Hall for T. Robinson, 1662.
|Fulton collected and wrote a bibliography of the works of two 17th century British physiologists Richard Lower and John Mayow. Mayow was the first to locate the production of animal heat in the muscles, and suggested that the purpose of breathing was to extract specific life-sustaining particles from the ambient air. This book, five treatises on nitro-aerial spirits, respiration, fetal respiration, muscular motion, and rickets, is a medical classic.|
|Fulton’s collection of works on anesthesia, on which this bibliography is based, includes works on early methods of relieving surgical and dental pain, works related to Crawford Long, Horace Wells, William T.G. Morton, Charles Jackson, James Young Simpson, and other early books and pamphlets||
John F. Fulton and Madeline Stanton, compilers.
The Centennial of Surgical Anesthesia: An Annotated Catalogue of Books and Pamphlets bearing on the Early History of Surgical Anesthesia, Exhibited at the Yale Medical Library, October 1946.
New York: H. Schuman, 1946.
Presentation signature by John F. Fulton.
|This early American work on dentistry, part of Fulton’s anesthesia collection, was published by Hartford dentist Horace Wells when he was only 23. Wells discussed here the problem of toothache and other dental pain and the available means of alleviation. In 1844, he successfully used nitrous oxide anesthesia in his dental practice, but the demonstration of his method at Harvard Medical School proved a failure. Wells destroyed his life trying to wrest credit for the discovery of anesthesia from William T.G. Morton who successfully demonstrated ether anesthesia in October 1846.|
Arnold Klebs and John Fulton
|Fulton Fund bookplate. The original design was cut circular. The fund is used to purchase
rare books and prints for the Historical Library.
Fulton’s own bookplate found in the books he donated.
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