Physician, Paper and Polis in Early Modern Europe

Physician, Paper and Polis in Early Modern Europe

Working group and book project led by Annemarie Kinzelbach, Andrew Mendelsohn, Ruth Schilling
with contributions by Laura Di Giammatteo, Fritz Dross, Elaine Leong, Gianna Pomata, Valentina Pugliano, Marion M. Ruisinger, Sabine Schlegelmilch, Michael Stolberg

Early modern physicians acted in a sphere that was primarily civic, often official. They fulfilled many functions beyond health care. How did working and living in the polis affect medical practice and knowledge?

Case studies from Italy, Central Europe and England and from a wide time range (16th-18th centuries) show how communication between physicians and other urban groups functioned on and off paper, how urban life and politics shaped medical knowledge, and how medical knowledge entered into the self-fashioning of early modern cities and towns.

The working group met twice i n 2013 and will meet again in 2014. The group brings together a wide range of research activity on early modern physicians, cities, publics, and paper technology. The result will be a collective volume opening up new perspectives for future research. The working group is a collaboration between historians of early modern Europe, historians of science, and specialists on the history of medical practice, and also involves collaboration between the Institute for the

History of Medicine and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, which are now neighbouring institutions in Berlin-Dahlem