Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Boulton, Richard
BOULTON, RICHARD (fl. 1697–1724), physician, educated at Brasenose College, Oxford, and for some time settled at Chester, was the author of a number of works on the medical and kindred sciences, including:
- 'Reason of Muscular Motion,' 1697.
- 'Treatise concerning the Heat of the Blood,' 1698.
- 'An Examination of Mr. John Colbatche's Books,' 1699
- 'Letter to Dr. Goodal occasioned by his Letter to Dr. Leigh,' 1699.
- 'System of Rational and Practical Chirurgery,' 1699; 2nd edition, 1713.
- 'The Works of the Hon. Robert Boyle epitomised,' 3 vols. 1699-1700.
- 'Physico-Chirurgical Treatises of the Gout, the King's Evil, and the Lues Venerea,' 1714.
- 'Essay on External Remedies,' 1715.
- 'Essay on the Plague,' 1721.
- 'Vindication of the Compleat History of Magic,' 1722.
- 'Thoughts concerning the Unusual Qualities of the Air,' 1724.
Though apparently learned in the science of his profession, he was seemingly not successful in his practice, for in a letter to Sir Hans Sloane he states that he undertook to write an abridgment of Mr. Boyle's works on account of 'misfortunes still attending him;' and in another letter he mentions that successive misfortunes had made him the object of his compassion, and begs him to effect something towards putting him in a way to live. In the preface to the 'Vindication of the History of Magic' he states that he had been for some time out of England.
[Watt's Bibl. Brit.; Brit. Mus. Catalogue; Sloane MS. 4038.]