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The Teaching Of Medicine

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Medicine became the second of the higher faculties introduced into the Athenaeum, when in 1660 Gerardus Johannes Blasius was given a chair in the subject. This chapter asks whether the medical training at the Athenaeum was in line with similar training elsewhere in the academic world. It addresses questions such as did new ideas of medicine filter through only slowly, in the way that Cartesianism took shape at the Athenaeum only after it had found acceptance at other institutions. The chapter first sketches some developments in the history of academic medicine since the Middle Ages, and briefly describes the world of seventeenth-century Amsterdam medicine, since the medical professors of the Athenaeum held a much more important position in their domain. The chapter also discusses the anatomical disputations of Wilhelmus Arnoldus Senguerdius, and the contributions of Blasius and Pieter Bernagie.

Keywords: Athenaeum; Gerardus Johannes Blasius; medical training; Pieter Bernagie; Wilhelmus Arnoldus Senguerdius



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