Observations historical, critical, and medical, on the wines of the ancients. And the analogy between them and modern wines. With general observations on the principles and qualities of water.
Edward Barry (1696 -) was among the most influential physicians of the seventeenth century in Ireland. He was born in 1696 in Cork. At the age of fifteen, he entered Trinity College in Dublin where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1617 and continued his studies in Leiden, under the guidance of the physician Herman Boerhaave. A copy of his thesis is kept at the British Museum Library, titled: Dissertatio Medica Inauguralis de Nutritione. Once back in Dublin, in 1726 he published his first book: On a consumption of the lungs, which incorporates themes addressed in his thesis. In 1733 he was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society. Then, in 1740 he was examined by the committee of the University of Dublin to obtain his Doctor's degree. The favourable judgment allowed him to join the College of Physicians. In the '40s he practised medicine in Dublin and, thanks to his diplome, in 1745, Barry was appointed general physician of the Irish military forces. In 1761 he left Ireland and moved to England, where he was admitted as a fellow of the College of Physicians in London. It was in London that the treatise titled Observations Historical was published in 1775, one year before his death. This was the first and only edition.
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