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The Experience of the Physician Girolamo Donzellini in the 1575 Venetian Plague: Between Scientia and Heterodoxy (2021)


This chapter deals with early modern medicine as a “Scientia” against the background of the reception and repression of the Protestant Reformation in Italy. In particular, it examines the 1575 Venetian plague, by taking into account the personal and scientific experience of the heterodox physician working in the Republic, Girolamo Donzellini, a medical doctor and humanist in the sixteenth-century Respublica Medicorum. During the pestilence, he was serving an Inquisition life sentence in prison. As a heterodox doctor, a prisoner and the author of a treatise on plague, he provides a good case-study. Thanks to the rare evidence provided by the minutes of Donzellini’s fourth trial in 1575/1576, this article describes what a prisoner doctor’s daily life was like in times of plague. Moreover it analyses the medical treatise that Donzellini wrote during his detention: the "Discorso Nobilissimo e Dottissimo Preservativo et Curativo della Peste." By doing so this paper intends to provide fresh insights about the intersection among medical, religious and social aspects in the development of sixteenth-century Scientia.

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Authors & Contributors
Varlik, Nükhet
Kohn, George Childs
Barry, Stéphane
Wallis, Patrick
Cook, Alexandra Parma
Cook, Noble David
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
History Workshop Journal
Past and Present
Journal of World History
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Cambridge University Press
Facts on File
Louisiana State University Press
Oxford University Press
Ashgate Publishing
Cierre edizioni
Disease and diseases
Public health
Medicine and society
Ficino, Marsilio
Puccinelli, Alessandro
Fernel, Jean François
Time Periods
16th century
17th century
Early modern
15th century
18th century
Ottoman Empire

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