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Thomas Wharton - bibliography

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English anatomist, born August 31, 1614, Winston-on-Tees, Durham county; died November 15, 1673, London.


  • Adenographia: sive glandularum totius corporis descriptio.
    Londini, typ. J. G. Impens. Authoris, 1656; reprinted in Amsterdam, 1659; Nijmegen, 1664; Wessel 1671; Leiden, 1679; Geneva 1685; Düsseldorf, 1730. Contains descriptions of “Wharton’s duct” on 128-137 and of “Wharton’s jelly” on 243-244.
    In the preface to Adenographia he thanked Cromwell’s physician, John French, and his surgeon, Thomas Trapham (died 1683), for their help in his research.
  • Joseph Frank Payne (1840-1910):
    On Some Old Physicians of St. Thomas’s Hospital.
    St. Thomas’s Hospital Reports, London, 1897; n.s. 26: 8-15. With portrait.
  • Bertha Porter:
    In Dictionary of National Biography. With references to sources and earlier studies.
  • Izaak Walton (1593-1983):
    The Compleat Angler.
    1653. Chapter 19 describes Wharton as “a man of great learning and experience and of equal freedom to communicate it.”
  • Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680):
    Spicilegia bina ex vasis lymphaticis. Amsterdam, 1661.
    Part 2, chapter 5, praises Wharton’s discoveries and “incomparable accuracy.”
  • Girolamo Barbato:
    Dissertatio elegantissima de sanguine et ejus sero. Pavia and Frankfurt, 1667.
    Barbato, discoverer of blood serum, here mentions Wharton’s work several times.
  • Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738):
    Method of Studying Physick.
    London, 1719. With praise of Adenographia (page 228).
  • Elias Ashmole:
    Autobiographical and Historical Notes.
    H. Josten, editor, 5 volumes; Oxford, 1966.
  • Sir Humphry Davy Rolleston (1862-1944):
    The Endocrine Glands With an Historical Review.
    Oxford, 1936. Discusses Wharton’s accounts of the thyroid (p. 142) and the adrenals (p. 317).
  • H. Speert:
    The Jelly of the Umbilical Cord.
    Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1956, 8 (3): 380-382. Translates and comments on Wharton’s description.
  • K. F. Russell:
    British Anatomy.
    Melbourne, 1963. Nos. 854-859 records the editions of Adenographia.

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