Other Events

May 21 1:30-3:30     Department 2 Colloquium (Rm 215)
Alisha Rankin, ”To Cure a Thief: Testing Poison Antidotes in Early Modern Europe”


May 22 11:00-1:30     Recipes Reading Group [co-organized with the Dupré Research Group]

Samir Boumediene,’Peruvian Bark Recipes: A Few Drops that Changed the World’
Please email officedupre@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de for a copy of the readings. Meeting takes place in the Villa seminar room.

The Testing Drugs and Trying Cures Reading Group will meet 12:00-13:30 on Fridays June 6, 13 and 20 in room 214. All welcome. Please feel free to bring your own lunch!

June 6: Cures and “experience-based medicine” in the middle ages and early Renaissance

Park, Katharine. “Natural Particulars: Medical Epistemology, Practice, and the Literature of Healing Springs.” In Natural Particulars: Nature and the Disciplines in Renaissance Europe, edited by Anthony and Nancy Siraisi Grafton. 347-67. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1999.

Michael McVaugh, ‘Experience-Based Medicine of the Thirteenth-century’,  Early Science and Medicine, 14 (2009), 105-30.

June 13: Vipers and Snakestones

Paula Findlen, ‘Controlling the Experiment: Rhetoric, Court Patronage and the Experimental Method of Franceso Redi’, History of Science 31 (1993), 35-64.

Jutta Schickore, ‘Trying Again and Again: Multiple Repetitions in Early Modern Reports of Experiements on Snake Bites’,  Early Science and Medicine 15 (2010), 567-617.

June 20: Scurvy and Eudiometry 

Kenneth J. Carpenter, “Captain Cook and Pneumatic Chemistry (1770-1815),” in The History of Scurvy and Vitamin C (Cambridge UP, 1987), pp. 75-97.

Simon Schaffer, “Measuring Virtue: Eudiometry, Enlightenment and Pneumatic Medicine,” in Andrew Cunningham and Roger French, eds, The Medical Enlightenment of the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge UP, 1990), pp. 281-318.

Computer animation of eudiometer (Museo Galileo).


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