Abstract

In this essay, Nico Bertoloni Meli analyses visual representations of diseased states appearing in the Philosophical Transactions, leading up to and culminating with the 1733 treatise by William Cheselden, Osteographia. Overall, surgeons tended to focus on the specific characters of lesions and privileged their visual appearance over elaborate humoral or chemical theories; therefore they play an important role in this essay. The rise of visual representations of diseased states went hand in hand with the rise of surgeons, whose numbers as Fellows of the Royal Society increased after 1700.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1544-399X
Print ISSN
0018-7895
Pages
pp. 157-186
Launched on MUSE
2016-02-24
Open Access
No
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