Edmund O'Meara

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Edmund O'Meara (or Meara[1]) (1614–1681) Irish physiologist and one of the last prominent champions of the medical ideas of Galen.[2][3] Son of Dermod O'Meara who was a physician, poet and author. Edmund is remembered today for his criticism of vivisection, stating that the agony suffered by animals distorted the research results, using this as a basis to reject William Harvey's ideas about the circulatory system and defend the earlier theories of Galen.[4]

O'Meara wrote an epitaph for Malachy Ó Caollaidhe, but was unable to locate his grave.

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  1. ^  Moore, Norman (1896). "Quælly, Malachias". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography 47. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ Piyo Rattansi and Antonio Clericuzio "Alchemy and Chemistry in the 16th and 17th Centuries" Published 1994, Springer, p61
  3. ^ David C. Lindberg and Robert S. Westman "Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution" Published 1990 Cambridge University Press, p411 and notes
  4. ^ Arthur J. Donovan "Richard Lower, M.D., Physician and Surgeon (1631–1691)" World Journal of Surgery Volume 28, Number 9 / September 2004 pages 938–945
  • O'Meara, Edmund, p. 808, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 41 – Norbury – Osborn, Oxford, 2004.

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