BOYLE, Robert.

Experiments and Considerations about the Porosity of Bodies, in two essays.

London: Printed for Sam. Smith... .1684

Small 8vo, pp. (iv), 145, (3) blank. Title within ruled borders. Contemporary mottled calf (upper joint neatly repaired, new red morocco label). Mild foxing on the endpapers, but a very good copy, complete with the final blank leaf. Eighteenth century signature of J.D. Hamilton on last page.

FIRST EDITION. “To a modern physiologist the Porosity of Bodies is of signal interest, for it marks the beginning of the study of osmotic pressure and of the exchange of substances through living membranes, which is at the basis of the regulation of all bodily processes. He [Boyle] commences by considering the skin and sweating, confirming Santorio’s celebrated observations on loss of weight through insensible perspiration... There are interesting observations upon the absorption of medicines through the skin and through wounds [concluding that substances can be absorbed through the lungs and the human skin]. The second part of the essay deals with the porosity of solid bodies, and once more we find Boyle speaking in terms of atomic structure and arrangement... At the end there is an interesting section on the porosity of glass, in which the methods of staining glass are described at length” (Fulton). Wing B3966. Fulton 149.


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