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[Medical certificates on the healthcare market: professionalised testimony and the burgeoning administrative apparatus in the early nineteen...
This article deals with medical certificates issued by the physician Cäsar Adolf Bloesch (1804-1863) from Biel/Bienne. It aims at examining this service as a part of the medical market in the early nineteenth century. Firstly, it focuses on four administrative procedures which show how the standardi...
[Why consult a homoeopath? A medical practice in Münster/Westphalia in the 19th century].
The physician Friedrich von Bönninghausen (1828-1910) practiced from 1864 until his death as a homoeopath in Münster/Westphalia. The article locates this "alternative" practice in its medical surrounding. It is shown which cures the patients had already used before they turned to the method of Hahne...
[The discovery of blood circulation: revolution or revision?].
The discovery of the principle of blood circulation by William Harvey is generally considered as one of the major events of the "scientific revolution" of the 17th century. This paper reconsiders the question by taking in account the way Harvey's discovery was discussed by some contemporary philosop...
[Surgical pediatrics in the old Zurich hospital].
[Medicines and thermal treatment in Pautalia, Thrace].
The city of Pautalia (Kyustendil in Bulgaria) is located near thermal springs in the Strymon valley (Strouma), on a site occupied from the Iron Age onward by the Thracian tribe of Dentheletes. The temple of Asclepios and the walls of Pautalia, located on the hill of Hissarlaka, as well as the roman...
[Hippocratic therapies for gynecologic diseases. Popular medicine or science?].
Gynaecology is the field of Hippocratic medicine in which most remnants of magical and popular medicine have been found. However, this must not lead to premature generalizations. Therapies and drugs which are repeatedly mentioned as examples of such archaic remnants (especially the so-called "Drecka...
[Observational medicine in 19th century Iran].
The ravages wrought by epidemics in Iran as of 1821 acted as a stimulus to medical thought while the awakening of political consciousness mobilized efforts to fight contagious diseases. The combination "epidemics-politics-medicine" made nineteenth-century Persia turn to European science for help. Th...
Water, air and light--Arnold Rikli (1823-1906).
This article is a reminder of a famous Swiss healer, Arnold Rikli, who is also considered to be one of the pioneers of the modern health tourism in Slovenia. Rikli moved to the Alpine region of Lake Bled in 1855 to build a health resort after having established his own natural healing method based o...
The life of "8K", a vagrant microscope objective.
The aim of this article is to suggest that some scientific instruments may be considered worthy of their own biographies and that such a genre may have its own merits and charms. The instrument chosen to exemplify this point is a Hartnack microscope objective lens of about 1860 which served, in turn...
[Dr. Charlot Strasser (1884-1950). A Swiss psychiatrist as author, cultural and social politician].