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Ian Gadd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557318.001.0001

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The Learned Press: Law and Medicine

The Learned Press: Law and Medicine

(p.460) Chapter 15 The Learned Press: Law and Medicine
The History of Oxford University Press: Volume I

Ian Gadd

Oxford University Press

The university curriculum continued to emphasize Roman and canon law, rather than common law, although a new chair of civil law was established in 1540 and canon law abolished during the Reformation. The chapter analyzes the few legal texts produced in Oxford, including William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England, and places them in the context of the robust legal publishing trade in London and the emerging legal curriculum in Oxford. Little medical publishing occurred in Oxford, though medical books were imported in large numbers from Europe or produced in London. The arrival of Robert Boyle and his programme of experimental investigation in Oxford resulted in a brief period of significant scientific and medical publishing at the Press in the 1660s and 1670s. Titles included Boyle's own publications, first printed in English then in Latin translation, and those of the Oxford physician Thomas Willis.

Keywords:   William Blackstone, Richard Zouche, Edmund Gibson, civil law, common law, Robert Boyle, Thomas Willis, medicine, anatomy

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