Logic, Signs and Nature in the Renaissance: The Case of Learned Medicine (Ideas in Context No. 62)
By: Ian Maclean (author)Paperback
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How or what were doctors in the Renaissance trained to think, and how did they interpret the evidence at their disposal for making diagnoses and prognoses? This 2001 book addresses these questions in the broad context of the world of learning: its institutions, its means of conveying and disseminating information, and the relationship between university faculties. The uptake by doctors from the university arts course - the foundation for medical studies - is examined in detail, as are the theoretical and empirical bases for medical knowledge, including its concepts of nature, health, disease and normality. Logic, Signs and Nature in the Renaissance ends with a detailed investigation of semiotic, which was one of the five parts of the discipline of medicine, in the context of the various versions of semiology available to scholars. From this survey, Maclean makes an interesting assessment of the relationship of Renaissance medicine to the new science of the seventeenth century.
Ian Maclean is Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, and Titular Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of Oxford. His many publications include The Renaissance Notion of Women (1980), Montaigne (1982), The Political Responsibility of Intellectuals (edited, with Alan Montefiore and Peter Winch; 1990), Interpretation and Meaning in the Renaissance: The Case of Law (1992) and Montaigne: Philosophe (1996).
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Notes on the text and its modes of reference; Introduction; 1. Learned medicine 1500-1630; 2. The transmission of medical knowledge; 3. The discipline of medicine; 4. The arts course: grammar, logic and dialectics; 5. The arts course: signs, induction, mathematics, experientia; 6. Interpreting medical texts; 7. The content of medical thought; 8. The doctrine of signs; Postscript; Bibliography; Index of names and terms.
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