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British physician, anatomist, physiologist, and pathologist, born 1597, Rampisham, Dorsetshire?; died October 14, 1677, London.


  • De rachitide, sive morbo puerili, qui vulgo The Rickets dicitur, Tractatus opera primo ac potissimum Francisi Glissonii . . . adscitis in operis societatem Georgio Bate et Ahasvero Regemortero. Londini, typ. G. Du-gardi, 1650. 416 pages.
    Although anticipated by Whistler and others in the description of infantile rickets, Glisson's account was the fullest that had till then appeared. He was first (Chapter 22) to describe infantile scurvy. Glisson's book on rickets was one of the earliest instances of collaborative medical research in England, combining the observations of Glisson and seven other contributors. George Bate and Ahasuerus Regemorter are credited as co-authors. This monograph on the biomechanics of deformities included an early study of the pathologic anatomy of scoliosis.
    English translation:
    A Treatise of the Rickets, Being a Diseas Common To Children. London 1651.
  • Anatomia hepatis, cui praemittuntur quaedam ad rem anatomicam universe spectantia et ad calcem operis subjiciuntur nonnulla de lymphae ductibus nuper repertis.
    Londini, typ. Du-Gardianis, 1654.
    Amsterdam, apud Joannem Janssonium a Waesberge, 1665.
    First accurate description of the capsule of the liver (Glisson's capsule) and its blood supply. He also described the sphincter of the bile duct (Glisson's sphincter, the sphincter of Oddi). This is the first book printed in England which gives a detailed account of a single organ based on original research.
  • Tractatus de Natura Substantiae energetica, seu de vita naturæ, ejusque tribus primis facultatibus, perceptivâ, appetitivâet Motivâ, naturalibus.
    London, E. Flesher, 1672.
    Dedicated to Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621 1683), Earl of Shaftesbury. Glisson was physician to the earl and his family for several years and acknowledges his gratitude for the Earl's patronage and assistance in several difficulties he had met with.
  • Tractatus de ventriculo et intestinis. Cui praemittitur alius, De partibus continentibus in genere; & in specie, de iis abdominis.
    Londini, Typis E.F. Prostat venalis apud H. Brome, 1677.
    Amstelodamii, Apud Jacobum Juniorem, 1677.
    Besides Glisson's doctrine of irritability, this book also contains a treatise on skin, hair, nails, fat, abdominal muscles, peritoneum, and omentum. Here Glisson discusses the theory of digestion and even includes an appendix on fermentation. Here are also theories of embryogenesis in which the relationship to Harvey is particularly interesting.
  • Opera medico-anatomica, in unum corpus collecta.
    3 volumes in a single publication. Leiden 1691.
    Does not contain the Tractatus de natura substantia energetica.
  • Guido Giglioni:
    Francis Glisson, Physician and Philosopher. An Investigation of the Life of Nature in 17th Century England.
    Doctoral dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, Spring, 2002.

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