By Roger French, Andrew Wear
This booklet considers the underlying forces which helped to provide a revolution in seventeenth-century medication. It exhibits how within the interval among 1630 and 1730 medication got here to symbolize whatever greater than a marginal task unrelated to social and highbrow phenomena and in addition the way it used to be encouraged and shaped by means of an identical advancements in faith, politics, technology and trade which formed the final historical past of the 17th century. In an try to divert the historiography of the topic clear of Newton, ordinary philosophy and the 'scientific revolution', the essays during this quantity not just position drugs right into a 'context' of political, non secular and social switch but in addition discover the dynamics which formed the character of medication within the age of revolution. no longer strangely, faith emerges as possibly the best exterior strength for swap, colouring so much points of nationwide and native existence and interacting with the expansion within the quantity of clinical wisdom and perform.
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38 PETER ELMER upon those who disagreed with them. Consequently, faith in redemption through Christ was not to be sought in the dogmatic assertions of fallible men, but was rather to be acquired through the pious contemplation of the divine creation which God intended for that purpose. Although Glauber never visited England, his work and thought was very influential in iatrochemical circles after 1650. Many others, however, were attracted to England in this period, some no doubt drawn by the chiliastic expectations surrounding the country in the wake of the civil war.
To cause us to believe any of their new Revelations'. The presbyterian Thomas Hall attacked Paracelsus for much the same reasons referring to him as 'a Libertine . . 52 Hall much preferred the traditional authority of Aristotle and Galen ('the Father of Physitians') as did the presbyterian physician Robert Wittie. Of Paracelsus, Wittie reported that he 'never went to church . . and seemed slightly to regard God and his Ordinances'. Galen on the other hand, whom Wittie reluctantly admitted 'was Pinnell, Philosophy Reformed, sig.
J. Birken, 'The Royal College of Physicians of London and its Support of the Parliamentary Cause in the English Civil War', /. , xxm (1983), 52; see also C. ', St Bartholomew's Hospital Journal, LV (1951), 34-40. J. Birken, 'The Puritan Connexions of Sir Edward Alston, President of the College of Physicians, 1655-1666', Med. , xvm (1974), 370-4; V. J. Hollaender and W. ), Studies in London History (Edinburgh, 1969), pp. 321, 324; P. 60 On reflection, neither Clarke nor Alston would seem to fit the stereotype of reformist puritans which some have attempted to draw for this period.
The Medical Revolution of the Seventeenth Century by Roger French, Andrew Wear