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By Richard S. Westfall

This richly designated 1981 biography captures either the non-public existence and the medical occupation of Isaac Newton, proposing an absolutely rounded photograph of Newton the guy, the scientist, the thinker, the theologian, and the general public determine. Professor Westfall treats all points of Newton's profession, yet his account centres on an entire description of Newton's achievements in technology. therefore the center of the paintings describes the improvement of the calculus, the experimentation that altered the course of the technology of optics, and particularly the investigations in celestial dynamics that resulted in the legislations of common gravitation.

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New medical courses, offered at Edinburgh, London, and other centers, together with an extremely vague set of criteria for distinguishing physicians from practical healers and quacks, meant that a medical man could treat a great variety of ailments, mix his own medicines, and depend on his patients to evaluate his skill. Besides, surgeons and apothecaries could be found everywhere in Britain, whereas physicians were rare and served only small groups of wealthy patients in large cities. Dr. Avery was probably the only reputable medical man in Wadebridge.

She brought back a suitcase full of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs, and photocopies. While I was making preliminary plans to exploit this material in a book, members of the Bude-Stratton Council in Cornwall decided to renovate their meeting hall, which Gurney had built as his own residence in 1830. To give the project and the local "forgotten genius" their proper historical perspective, Councillor Bryan Dudley Stamp and regional museum curator Stephanie Meads gathered drawings, maps, photographs, and original documents related to Gurney's life and achievements.

19 What could he do for his patients? " Medical examinations of the body were perfunctory, since the doctor did not know what to look for. Dissection and the study of anatomical pathology would not become common for half a century. The stetho- Page 31 scope, though invented, was held to be useless. Thermometers were too large to insert in the usual orifices and took at least twenty minutes to register a body temperature. Under the circumstances, Gurney, like most doctors, was content to ask about previous illnesses and habits, appetite, and the appearance of urine and feces.

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