Clotting: Chemical Histories of Blood in the Dutch Republic, 1700–1750

Verwaal, R., 15-Jun-2015.

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This paper shows the close relations between chemistry and medicine by using the fluid and flow of blood as a case study, tracing developments of academic chemistry at medical faculties. Dutch physicians and university professors such as Herman Boerhaave, Jerome Gaub and their students analyzed blood in the chemical laboratory. Furthermore, chemical examinations of blood ignited new ideas and theories about physiology and pathology. Blood’s constituent parts and properties were believed to be of great advantage when understanding the signs of health and disease. Thus, the focus on the chemistry of blood can provide a new perspective on eighteenth-century perceptions of the living body and the academic transformation of chemistry.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15-Jun-2015
EventSHAC Spring Meeting - Clare Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 15-Jun-2015 → …


ConferenceSHAC Spring Meeting
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period15/06/2015 → …


SHAC Spring Meeting

15/06/2015 → …

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Event: Conference


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