An Interactive Annotated World Bibliography of Printed and Digital Works in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences from Circa 2000 BCE to 2022 by Fielding H. Garrison (1870-1935), Leslie T. Morton (1907-2004), and Jeremy M. Norman (1945- ) Traditionally Known as “Garrison-Morton”

15893 entries, 13847 authors and 1929 subjects. Updated: May 25, 2023

YOUNG, Thomas

5 entries
  • 1486

Observations on vision.

Phil. Trans., 83, 169-81, 1793.

Thomas Young is regarded as one of the most versatile of all scientists. In the above work he showed that the act of accommodation is due to a change of curvature of the crystalline lens, whereby light rays of various lengths can be brought to a focus on the retina.

Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY › Physiology of Vision
  • 13243

De corporis humani viribus conservatricibus dissertatio.

Göttingen: Johann Christian Dieterich, 1796.

Young's thesis for his medical degree from Göttingen on the conservation of strength in the human body, which also contains, on the final four pages, the only extant fragment of Young's brief thesis on the human voice prepared for his oral examination. It was this last, as Young's biographer tells us, that began Young on his career in physics: "[The fragment] gives an alphabet of forty-seven letters designed to express, by their combination, every sound which the organs of the human voice are capable of forming. . . . Here we see his early and sustained interest in languages combined with his interest in anatomy. From this combination he developed an interest in the production and propagation of sound...." (Wood / Oldham, Thomas Young, pp. 49-50). Digital facsimile from at this link.

Subjects: PHYSIOLOGY, Speech, Anatomy and Physiology of
  • 1487

On the mechanism of the eye.

Phil. Trans., 91, 23-28, 1801.

Includes the first description of astigmatism, with measurements and optical constants.

Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY › Physiology of Vision
  • 1488

On the theory of light and colours.

Phil. Trans., 92, 12-48, 1802.

Young, the “Father of physiological optics”, established the wave theory of light, explaining the phenomena of interference and dispersion.

Subjects: OPHTHALMOLOGY › Physiology of Vision, Optics
  • 6751

An introduction to medical literature, including a system of practical nosology. Intended as a guide to students, and an assistant to practitioners.

London: B.R.Howlett, 1813.

The remarkable Thomas Young compiled this bibliography of works which he considered necessary to a complete medical library. Second edition, 1823.

Subjects: BIBLIOGRAPHY › Bibliographical Classics, Nosology