Mechanism, the Senses, and Reason: Franciscus Sylvius and Leiden Debates Over Anatomical Knowledge After Harvey and Descartes

@inproceedings{Ragland2016MechanismTS,
  title={Mechanism, the Senses, and Reason: Franciscus Sylvius and Leiden Debates Over Anatomical Knowledge After Harvey and Descartes},
  author={Evan R. Ragland},
  year={2016}
}
By the mid-seventeenth century, philosophy, anatomy, and chymistry were inextricably bound together, and concentrated in lively debates over the action of the heart. In the wake of Harvey’s anatomical demonstration of the circulation of the blood, and Descartes’s provocative but error-prone anatomical speculations, Dutch physicians adopted varied positions on the sources and status of anatomical knowledge. This article attends to Leiden professor Franciscus Sylvius’s central place in this… Expand
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