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Out of the Waiting Shelter, into the Jail Cell

Paul U. Unschuld

in What Is Medicine?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520257658
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520257658.003.0070
Out of the Waiting Shelter, into the Jail Cell

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Professor Dr. Friedrich Hoffmann (1660–1742), an architect and a property developer, saw the organism as a machine with inherent hydraulics. Hoffmann mentions that the most important movement is the constant circulation of blood. It protects the body from decaying and thus provides life. Disturbances in movement are the direct cause of illness and they change the constitution and flowing properties of the blood. The increased speed increases the friction and warmth in the body. The substances separate, clump up, and clog the vessels with slowed movement. Harmful substances are no longer filtered out and excreted, so that decay can set in, or the blood clots, overstretches the vessels and finally causes them to break open. Hoffmann recognized the laws of nature as the only entry to reality and created medicine. He was the first professor for medicine at the newly founded university in Halle and his patients resumed to normal and were able to lead healthy lives.

Keywords: circulation of blood; cause of illness; properties of the blood; harmful substances; laws of nature; medicine

Chapter.  915 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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