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a c k n o w l e d g m e n t s My interest in the history of seventeenth-century anatomy and medicine began several years ago, when research on Giovanni Alfonso Borelli’s wide-ranging activities led me to investigate the anatomists and physicians active in his circle. I am grateful to the Wellcome Trust for a fellowship at the Cambridge Unit for the History of Medicine that enabled me to start work on my project. My interests in these topics persisted through the years until the current form of this book crystallized in my mind during a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. I am grateful to the IAS for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful and stimulating environment and to all the colleagues and friends who offered suggestions and criticisms during my stay, especially Mechthild Fend, Jonathan Israel, Sarah McPhee, Jeremy Popkin, and above all Heinrich von Staden. I benefited from several discussions in the history of scientific observation group at the Max-Planck-Institut in Berlin; I am grateful to all participants for their comments on my work on the color of blood and to Raine Daston for her encouragement and support. I am also extremely grateful to the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation for a fellowship that provided me with the time necessary to bring the project to conclusion. A number of friends and colleagues over the years offered advice and support in many ways. I wish to thank Anne Mylott, who read a preliminary draft of the entire manuscript and provided many criticisms and suggestions on smaller and larger issues. I am grateful for advice on a number of topics from Marta Cavazza, Antonio Clericuzio, Maria Conforti, Hal Cook, Silvia De Renzi, Paula Findlen, Michael Friedman, Dan Garber, Kimberly Hart, Gideon Manning, Larry Principe, Sophie Roux, and Nancy Siraisi. I wish to thank colleagues and current and former students at Indiana University with whom I discussed matters relating to my project informally , in graduate seminars, and in reading groups, especially Colin Allen, Tawrin Baker, Ann Carmichael, Martha Crouch, Karin Ekholm, Sandy Gliboff, Kevin Grau, Nicole Howard, Mark Kaplan, Joel Klein, Bill Newman, Carl Pearson, Evan Ragland, Jutta Schickore, and Rebecca Wilkin. xii Acknowledgments I wish to express my gratitude for assistance from Maria Conforti at the Biblioteca di Storia della Medicina at La Sapienza in Rome and the staffs of the Houghton Library of Harvard University; the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland; the New York Academy of Medicine, especially Arlene Shaner; the University Library and the Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio at Bologna; and the Interlibrary Loan Department at the Wells Library, at Indiana University, Bloomington. A special thanks to the Lilly Library at Indiana University, Bloomington, especially Breon Mitchell and Joel Silver for their expert assistance and Zach Downey for his help with photographic reproductions. Last but not least, I wish to thank Bob Brugger and the Johns Hopkins University Press for their support and commitment to this project. I claim sole responsibility for all remaining errors and omissions. This book builds on and substantially expands a number of essays published in the past dozen years: “The New Anatomy of Marcello Malpighi,” 17–60, and “The Posthumous Dispute between Borelli and Malpighi,” 245–73, in Domenico Bertoloni Meli, ed., Marcello Malpighi, Anatomist and Physician (Florence: Olschki, 1997). “The Archive and Consulti of Marcello Malpighi,” in Michael Hunter, ed., Archives of the Scientific Revolution (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 1998), 109–20. “Francesco Redi e Marcello Malpighi: ricerca anatomica e pratica medica,” in Walter Bernardi and Luigi Guerrini, eds., Francesco Redi. Un protagonista della scienza moderna (Florence: Olschki,1999),73–86.“Blood,Monsters,andNecessityinMalpighi’sDepolypocordis,” MH 45 (2001), 511–22. “Mechanistic Pathology and Therapy in the Medical Assayer of Marcello Malpighi,” MH 51 (2007), 165–80. “The Collaboration between Anatomists and Mathematicians in the Mid-Seventeenth Century with a Study of Images as Experiments and Galileo’s Role in Steno’s Myology,” Early Science and Medicine 13 (2008), 665–709. “The Color of Blood: Between Sensory Experience and Epistemic Significance,” forthcoming in Lorraine Daston and Elizabeth Lunbeck, eds., Histories of Scientific Observation. “The Representation of Insects in the Seventeenth Century: A Comparative Approach,” Annals of Science 67 (2010), 405–29. Mechanism, Experiment, Disease This page intentionally left blank ...


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