"A subtle and mysterious machine" : the medical world of Walter Charleton (1619-1707) / Emily Booth.

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Booth, Emily [Browse]
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Book
Language
English
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Dordrecht : Springer, ©2005.
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vii, 297 pages ; 25 cm

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Walter Charleton (1619-1707) has been widely depicted as a natural philosopher whose intellectual career mirrored the intellectual ferment of the {18}scientific revolution{19}. Instead of viewing him as a barometer of intellectual change, I examine the previously unexplored question of his identity as a physician. Examining three of his vernacular medical texts, this volume considers Charleton's thoughts on anatomy, physiology and the methods by which he sought to understand the invisible processes of the body. Although involved in many empirical investigations within the Royal Society, he did not give epistemic primacy to experimental findings, nor did he deliberately identify himself with the empirical methods associated with the 'new science'. Instead Charleton presented himself as a scholarly eclectic, following a classical model of the self.
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Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
  • 9781402033773 ((hb ; : alk. paper))
  • 140203377X ((hb ; : alk. paper))
  • 9781402033780 ((e-book))
  • 1402033788 ((e-book))
LCCN
2006274154
OCLC
66451875
Other standard number
  • 99811888573
International Article Number
  • 9781402033773
  • 9781402033780
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