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Chemistry in the Medical Faculty

in Inventing Chemistry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226677606
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226677620 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226677620.003.0005
Chemistry in the Medical Faculty

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This chapter considers the various ways in which Herman Boerhaave integrated chemistry into his medicine and investigates the ramifications for both fields. It also analyzes how he defined the place of chemistry in the Leiden medical curriculum, and how he employed chemical analysis, concepts, and terminology to understand human physiology and pathology in his medical courses. Boerhaave worked to justify chemistry as a legitimate subject for the medical curriculum. The De Chemia suos Errores Expurgante implied that chemistry was useful to medicine. It is observed that chemical properties were significant for understanding human physiology and pathology. Boerhaave developed a novel chemical medicine that he could present as empirical and disciplined, and as one which followed a “Hippocratic” methodology. In general, the success of his chemical medicine ultimately formed the development of chemistry as a scientific discipline.

Keywords: chemical medicine; chemistry; Herman Boerhaave; Leiden medical curriculum; chemical analysis; human physiology; pathology; De Chemia

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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