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Anatomy of a Scandal: Physicians Facing the Inquisition in Late Seventeenth-Century Rome (2018)


In the 1690s the Roman Inquisition targeted medical circles, as they allegedly disseminated atheism under the veil of new explanations of the body. This article revisits these affairs, focusing on Rome. It argues that increased inquisitorial pressure must be set against the backdrop of struggles for hegemony in the papal curia, in which physicians were entangled. Notwithstanding such political vicissitudes, ecclesiastical control played a relevant role in shaping Italian medicine at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The article suggests that the result may have been, paradoxically, a form of un-assumed materialism, though framed within the disciplinary borders of practical medicine, which enabled physicians to re-assert their autonomy.

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Article Maria Pia Donato (2018) Medicine and the Inquisition in the Early Modern World: Introduction. Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period (pp. 1-13). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Donato, Maria Pia
Renzi, Silvia De
Carella, Candida
De Ceglia, Francesco Paolo
Mormando, Franco
Kraye, Jill A.
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Renaissance Studies
Jewish History
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Warburg Institute, Univ. of London
University of Pennsylvania Press
L'Erma di Bretschneider
Biblioteca dei Leoni
Medicine and religion
Physicians; doctors
Science and religion
Roman Catholic Church
Sweerts, Michiel
Frizzi, Benedetto
Bruno, Giordano
Clement XI, Pope
Lancisi, Giovanni Maria
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
16th century
Early modern
19th century
Naples (Italy)
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Rome)

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