Hippocrates to Harrison : Descartes


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Descartes, René, 1596-1650
Renatus Des Cartes De homine figuris : et latinitate donatus a Florentio Schuyl.
Lugduni Batavorum : Ex Officina Hackiana, 1664.

Image from Descartes De Homine

De Homine is usually regarded as the first European book on physiology. Though the choice of the pineal gland as the location of the soul and rational thought seems strange, the representation of the body as a machine still influences modern thought. Descartes' even greater legacy to medical science was his philosophical "scepticism" which drives much scientific experimentation.

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