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SIR JOHN FLOYER (1649-1734)

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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 574 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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SIR JOHN FLOYER (1649-1734), English physician and author, was born at Hinters in Staffordshire, and was educated at Oxford. He practised in Lichfield, and it was by his advice that Dr Johnson, when a child, was taken by his mother to be touched by Queen Anne for the king's evil on the 3oth of March 1714. He died on the 1st of February 1734. Floyer was an advocate of cold bathing, introduced the practice of counting the rate of the pulse-beats, and gave an early account of the pathological changes in the lungs associated with emphysema. His writings include:-4'app.aso-Baoavos: or the Touchstone of Medicines, discovering the virtues of Vegetables, Minerals and Animals, by their Tastes and Smells (2 vols., 1687) ; The praeternatural State of animal Humours described by their sensible Qualities (1696) ; An Enquiry into the right Use and Abuses of the hot, cold and temperate Baths in England 1697) ; A Treatise of the Asthma (1st ed., 1698) ; The ancient ''vxpoXovoia revived, or an Essay to prove cold Bathing both safe and useful (London, 1702; several editions 8vo; abridged, Manchester, 1844, 12910) ; The Physician's Pulse-watch (1707-1710) ; The Sibylline Oracles, translated from the best Greek copies, and compared with the sacred Prophecies (1st ed., 1713); Two Essays: the first Essay concerning the Creation, Aetherial Bodies, and Offices of good and bad Angels; the second Essay concerning the Mosaic System o the World (Nottingham, 1717) ; An Exposition of the Revelations 1719) ; An Essay to restore the Dipping of Infants in their Baptism 1722) ; Medicine Gerocomica, or the Galenic Art of preserving old en's Healths (1st ed., 1724); A Comment on forty-two Histories described by Hippocrates (1726).
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A retired anaesthetist, I am working on the thesis of C W Hufeland "on the use of electricity in medicinne", Göttingen 1783. Hufeland cites the extract of a letter of Floyer, published in the "Hamburg Magazin TX 1752", handling treatment of black glaucoma by using electricity. Is this Floyer Sir John or his son? or somebody else?
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