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Tradition As The Genealogy Of Truth. Hippocrates And Boerhaave Between Assimilation, Variation And Deviation

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It is a matter of fact that rarely in the history of modern medicine has a physician gained such immediate and universal fame, and rarely has his contribution to medical knowledge and teaching been so promptly and almost unanimously recognized as a fundamental and, as in the case of Boerhaave. In fact, the contribution provided to medicine with a 'scientific' framework, and medical teaching with solid methodological bases, proved decisive. Otherwise, his appraisal of the Ancients (and especially of Hippocrates) and his will to refer to Hippocrates as a model for medical teaching were proverbial. Taking the corpus of orations as a point of reference, it tries to elucidate 1) Boerhaave's main focus and theoretical goals; 2) the argumentative and methodological strategies it adopted in order to achieve them; 3) the position that the key-concept of 'tradition', the figure of Hippocrates, and the notion of 'Hippocratism' hold within these strategies.

Keywords: Boerhaave; Hippocrates; medical knowledge; modern medicine; tradition



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