: Boerhaave's Legacy

in Inventing Chemistry

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226677606
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226677620 | DOI:
: Boerhaave's Legacy

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Herman Boerhaave saw the reform of medicine and chemistry, especially his campaigns against what he took to be erroneous approaches, as his primary achievement. His method was essentially his ideal curriculum, which he instituted in Leiden, and his students preserved and established at other institutions. Chemistry was an integral part of Boerhaave's medical system and medical curriculum. The success of his method of medical education launched chemistry as a proper university subject and encouraged medical students, physicians, and philosophers to consider the uses and problems of the field. The new method of experimental demonstration was probably the most important innovation in Boerhaave's pedagogy of chemistry. This new method could provide practical resources for chemists. In general, Boerhaave invented a system of chemistry that sought to create knowledge as well as things, by establishing and organizing the precepts and principles of the art.

Keywords: medicine; chemistry; Herman Boerhaave; Leiden; medical system; medical curriculum; experimental demonstration

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Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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