“Making Trials” in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century European Academic Medicine

@article{Ragland2017MakingTI,
  title={“Making Trials” in Sixteenth- and Early Seventeenth-Century European Academic Medicine},
  author={Evan R. Ragland},
  journal={Isis},
  year={2017},
  volume={108},
  pages={503 - 528}
}
  • Evan R. Ragland
  • Published 2017
  • Sociology
  • Isis
  • Throughout the sixteenth century, learned physicians across Europe performed a diverse array of “trials” of phenomena and published reports about them. This essay traces the phrase “periculum facere” (“to make a trial”) and related terms through natural history investigations, drug testing, chymical analysis, and anatomical discoveries. Physicians used ancient precedents, their learned expertise, and pedagogical authority to anchor the epistemic status of their trials and incorporated the… CONTINUE READING
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