Motus Tonicus : Georg Ernst Stahl's Formulation of Tonic Motion and Early Modern Medical Thought

@article{Chang2004MotusT,
  title={Motus Tonicus : Georg Ernst Stahl's Formulation of Tonic Motion and Early Modern Medical Thought},
  author={K. Chang},
  journal={Bulletin of the History of Medicine},
  year={2004},
  volume={78},
  pages={767 - 803}
}
  • K. Chang
  • Published 2004
  • Medicine
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
This paper places in multiple contexts Stahl's formulation of tonic motion, a contractive and relaxative movement of body tissues that was thought to moderate the circulatory blood flowing through their porous structure. The paper analyzes Stahl's theory, elucidates its role in connecting his physiology and pathology, and situates its formulation in his conceptual development as well as the intellectual history of early modern medicine. The theory was at first a post-Harveyan attempt to explain… Expand
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