Three seventeenth-century manuals on how and where to study medicine

Grell, Ole Peter (2016). Three seventeenth-century manuals on how and where to study medicine. In: Grell, Ole Peter and Cunningham, Andrew eds. Medicine, Natural Philosophy and Religion in Post-Reformation Scandinavia. London/ New York: Routledge, pp. 136–152.

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Abstract

Of the three manuals discussed the two earlier ones read like study guides, while the last reads like a travel guide. The first two are packed with references to works which ought to be consulted, while the last is full of people who should be approached and places to be visited. The earliest manual considered medical astrology an important subject to be studied while the two later manuals do not refer to the subject at all. The first two manuals valued the medical man as a polyhistor while the last considers such activities a distraction for the physician.

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