Edmund O'Meara

Edmund O'Meara (Irish: Éamonn Ó Meadhra, also known as Edmund Meara;[1] 1614–1681) was an 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. O'Meara 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.

See also


  1. Moore, Norman (1896). "Quælly, Malachias" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). 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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