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Vitalismus

(1,155 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. AllgemeinUnter V. (von lat. vita, »Leben«) ist eine mediz.-philosophische Strömung des 18. Jh.s zu verstehen, deren Anhänger die Existenz einer das Leben steuernden und erhaltenden Lebenskraft ( vis vitalis) propagierten. Der V. erhielt seine Impulse aus der antithetisch gegen den cartesianischen Mechanismus gerichteten Seelenlehre Georg Ernst Stahls (Animismus) [9. 293–310]; [7]; [8]. Im Vordergrund standen nun die antreibenden und lebenserhaltenden Kräfte jedes einzelnen Organs ( vita propria) und des Körpers insgesamt.Der von den franz. Ärzten Théophile de Bordeu…
Date: 2019-11-19

Solidarpathologie

(940 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition S. bezeichnet die systematische Ursachenerforschung der Krankheiten (griech. pathología, d. h. die Lehre von deren Entstehung, Verlauf und Zeichen) auf der Grundlage pathologisch-anatomischer Veränderungen einzelner Organe oder Körpergewebe (lat. solida, »feste Bestandteile«). Sie grenzt sich gegen die Humoralpathologie (Humorallehre) ab, in der das nichtflüssige morphologische Substrat des Organismus lediglich als Schauplatz säftephysiologischer Vorgänge gilt.Wolfgang Uwe Eckart2. Anfänge Morphologische Veränderungen der Gewebe und Organe des…
Date: 2019-11-19

Tuberkulose

(1,024 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition Der Begriff T. (von lat. tuberculum, »Knötchen«; tuberculosis, »krankhafte Erscheinung«) taucht erstmals in mediz. Titeln des frühen 19. Jh.s neben griech./lat. phtisis auf; geläufiger war dt. Schwindsucht (Lungenauszehrung; vgl. engl. pulmonary consumption [15]): »phthisis heist zu teutsch die schwintsucht und kumpt von einem geschwer oder von einer feulnis der lungen und sie ist ein todtenliche sucht unnd ir ist auch muelich zu helffen« [1. 72]. Diese Begriffe standen für ein weites Spektrum auszehrender tödlicher Krankheiten, denen die Affektion der Lu…
Date: 2019-11-19

Psychiatrie

(1,895 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Begriff und DefinitionDer Begriff P. (von griech. psych椃, ›Seele‹, und iatrós, ›Arzt‹) wurde 1808 als griech. Kunstwort vom Hallenser Arzt Johann Christian Reil geprägt (ursprgl. ›Psychiaterie‹ [4]; [5]; [12]), im Sinne von Seelen- oder Gemütsheilkunde. Bis zum 19. Jh. fiel darunter auch ein weites Spektrum neurologischer Krankheiten, etwa die Epilepsie oder der Veitstanz ( Chorea Huntington).Die P.-Geschichte kann von ihren Anfängen bis zum Beginn des 20. Jh.s in drei große Epochen gegliedert werden [14]; [6]: (1) Für die Zeit von der Antike bis zum Ende des 18. Jh…
Date: 2019-11-19

Syphilisschriften [Hinzugefügt 2017]

(1,753 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Das Gotteslästerer-Edikt Maximilians I.Die breite Berichterstattung der 1490er Jahre über eine neue Krankheit – erst seit Girolamo Fracastoros Lehrgedicht Syphilidis sive de morbi gallici (»Syphilis oder die französische Krankheit«, 1530) unter dem Namen Syphilis bekannt – ist bemerkenswert, aber nicht erstaunlich. Von einem der nahezu jährlich auftretenden Pest-Züge dahingerafft zu werden, galt als Gruppenschicksal, dem wenig mehr als die Flucht entgegengesetzt werden konnte. Sich aber die Syphilis – den »mal Franzos« oder den »Morbus Gal…
Date: 2019-11-19

Gesundheit

(1,500 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. BegriffDer G.-Begriff der Frühen Nz. war bis in die Mitte des 17. Jh.s noch wesentlich durch die antike Säftelehre (Humoralpathologie/-physiologie) und Diätetik geprägt. Mit der Ablösung humoralphysiologischer Vorstellungen in der zweiten Hälfte des 17. Jh.s wurden andere G.-Konzepte bestimmend, die sich vom 18. bis ins frühe 19. Jh. v. a. aus mechanistischen (Iatromechanik), animistischen und vitalistischen Vorstellungen vom Leben des Menschen in G. und Krankheit speisten (Animismus; Vitalismus). Vor der Folie der Naturheilkunde, der naturwiss. Physiologie, d…
Date: 2019-11-19

Medizinalordnung

(886 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition und Vorgeschichte M. regelten im 16. und 17. Jh. als herrschaftliche Erlasse, Edikte und Verfügungen in erster Linie das Verhalten der verschiedenen mediz. Berufsgruppen und ihrer Vertreter (Medizinalpersonen) zueinander, bestimmten Ausbildungs- und Qualifikationskriterien und enthielten daneben gelegentlich hygienische (Seuchenvermeidung) und pharmazeutische Anweisungen; sie waren Ausdruck territorial gebundener herrschaftlicher (einschließlich städtischer) Sorge um das gesundheitliche Wohl der Untertanen und Bürger [1]. Der Übergang der M…
Date: 2019-11-19

Anatomical pathology

(1,069 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition Anatomical (or Solid) pathology denotes the systematic search for the causes of illness (Greek pathología, i.e. the doctrine of the origin, course and symptoms of diseases) and is based on pathological anatomic changes of specific organs or tissues  (Latin solida, “solid constituents”). It is in opposition to humoral doctrine (Humoralism), which treats the non-fluid morphological substratum of the organism merely as the venue of processes based on humoral physiology.Wolfgang Uwe Eckart 2. Beginnings It was not until the 17th century that medical interest …
Date: 2019-10-14

Humoralism

(867 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Introduction Health and illness in the early modern period up to the mid-17th century were essentially understood, both by academics and the general public, in terms of the ancient theory of humors (humoral physiology/pathology, from Latin humores, “fluids”) and dietetics, and this view survived much longer in popular and alternative medicine. Only as the ideas of humoral physiology were superseded in the second half of the 17th century did other concepts of health emerge in their stead. During the 18th and early 19th centuri…
Date: 2019-10-14

Cholera

(1,183 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition The term cholera is found in Hebrew as chaul rah (“fierce sickness”). It is etymologically unclear whether the name of the disease comes from the Greek choládes (“intestines”) and refers to intestinal illness, or from the Greek words for “bile” ( chólos) and "river" ( rhóos) (“river of bile”), relating to the doctrine of the four humors, or whether in reference to profuse diarrhea it is related to  cholédra (“gutter," “drainpipe”). Unlike the cholera nostras that had long been known in Europe (so-called “English cholera” in England;  Gallenruhr or “bile flux” in the …
Date: 2019-10-14

Physicus

(945 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Medieval rootsSince the high Middle Ages, besides independent physicians ( medicus) there were also physicians employed by secular and ecclesiastical princes, monasteries, and urban administrations who served their employers directly. They were given the Latin title  physicus (informed about nature). The distinction, sometimes still vague, between the general medical duties of a  medicus and the special duties of a  physicus (similar to Latin  physica and  medicina for medicine) was probably first clarified in the Old Empire by the medical ordinance …
Date: 2020-10-06

Fever

(983 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition The most infallible and timeless subjective markers and symptoms in general are the sudden, unexpected, and even unnatural perceived increase in temperature in the body, accompanied by sweating, paradoxical-seeming fits of shivering, debility, and, often, aches and pains. Texts on fever from European Antiquity define fever as significant, even when there was no distinguishing criterion in the governing theory of disease of the time to allow for further differentiation.In the 15th and 16th centuries, the conception of fever originating with Hippocrat…
Date: 2019-10-14

Herbals

(1,063 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Definition Herbals in the early modern period were printed books about plants. These compendia offered detailed descriptions of plants and herbal remedies with explanations of their medical applications. Works often also included animals, animal products, and minerals that were used in medicine.Wolfgang Uwe Eckart 2. Precursors and development in early centuries Ancient botanical works and herbals served as important sources for reference on medical and herbal knowledge until well into the early modern period (Pharmacy). The main authorities w…
Date: 2019-10-14

Clinical school

(809 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Beginnings in LeidenIn the history of European medicine, the clinical school made its first appearance in the late 17th century at the University of Leiden, which played a pioneering role in the birth of clinical medicine, when for the first time ever instruction was given alongside the sickbed (Greek klíne, “bed, couch”). Previously the faculty of medicine (Medicine, faculty of) had limited itself to theoretical instruction; including a hospital in the teaching was not considered.In the first half of the 17th century in Leiden, Otto van Heurne had already sou…
Date: 2019-10-14

Pain

(3,004 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. DefinitionPain (from Latin  poena via Old French  peine; German  Schmerz from OHG  smerza/ smerzo and MHG  smerze/ smerz; Greek  álgos; Latin  dolor, acerbitas) is a complex sensory perception; as an acute event, it serves as a warning sign and guidepost, but chronic pain has lost this element. An early modern synonym of  Schmerz is Pein (from OHG  pîna and MHG  pîne/ pîn, from Latin  poena, “penance, punishment”; cf. English  pain), usually associated with punishment, torture, torment, and so on (cf. German  peinliche Befragung, “painful inquiry,” i.e. torture). In an…
Date: 2020-10-06

Blood, circulation of

(1,204 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Theories before Harvey From antiquity into the 17th century, people generally believed that the blood circulated centrifugally in the body, according to the canonical theory of the circulation of the blood of the Greco-Roman physician Galen of  Pergamum. Blood was produced by the liver, passed through the vena cava into the right ventricle, and then passed through the cadiac septum into the left ventricle, whence it was distributed throughout  the body; it was finally dissipated at the periphery …
Date: 2019-10-14

Brunonianism

(1,445 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. The theory and its background Brunonianism, a medical reform movement, was inspired by the Scottish physician John Brown (1736–1788), who considered life a condition aroused and maintained by internal and external stimuli. The fundamental life force, he maintained, was the biological potential for stimulus or excitation. The critical factor determining the sickness or health of the human body must be considered the individual’s excitability (Latin incitabilitas), the readiness and ability of the organism to respond to stimuli. After c. 1700, a variety of …
Date: 2019-10-14

Irritability

(1,087 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. The concept“Irritability,” from Latin  irritabilis, irritabilitas (see also “sensibility” from Latin  sensibilis, sensibilitas), is a medical description of the condition of the body with regard to its ability to respond to (external) sensory stimuli and to react to them. Abnormalities of irritability and sensibility were considered symptomatic of illness.Around 1700, the Cartesian-mechanistic conception of life came in for increased criticism (Mechanism). Although physical-mechanistic reductionism initially held great attraction as an expl…
Date: 2019-10-14

Anatomy

(2,104 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Starting points for early modern anatomy There was certainly no routine prohibition of dissections of human bodies in medieval anatomy. This was not what we might call an autopsia in the modern sense, i.e. in the sense of personal observation and interpretation of the findings of the dissection as actually found, because the self-contained dogma of humoral pathology (doctrine of humours; see also Humoralism) and of the anatomy and physiology associated with this doctrine offered a model of explanation and action that cou…
Date: 2019-10-14

Healthcare, public

(2,409 words)

Author(s): Eckart, Wolfgang Uwe
1. Medieval forms of public healthAttempts to regulate public health date back to the Middle Ages. These included the influence of monasteries in their immediate environments, efforts on the part of the Orders of Knights, rudimentary regulations in cities aimed at improving hygiene, as well as the establishment of special institutions for care of the sick both inside the city walls (hospitals, apothecaries, smallpox foundations) and outside them (leprosariums; see epidemic). The medical regulations o…
Date: 2019-10-14
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