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Skin and Disease in Early Modern Medicine: Jan Jessen's De cute, et cutaneis affectibus (1601) (2020)


This article examines skin and disease in early modern medicine through the writings of the little-known Bohemian physician Jan Jessen (1566–1621). In 1601, Jessen published De cute, et cutaneis affectibus, a set of twenty-one theses dedicated to the question of whether skin disease existed. In considering Jessen and his relationship to a broader world of writing, this article makes three arguments. First, it suggests that, contrary to existing historiography, the question of skin disease was a common sixteenth-century concern. Second, it posits a professional channel for this concern, which arose from surgery and disease, rather than from anatomy and physiology. Finally, rather than positioning Jessen at the forefront of discovery, I suggest his text functions as a representative case study. It allows us to see material change in medicine within a stable Galenic framework.

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Authors & Contributors
Stolberg, Michael
Marian Surdacki
Carlo Gelmetti
Conforti, Maria
Hans-Reinhard Koch
Santoro, Rosa
Medical History
Medicina Historica
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
History of Education Quarterly
University of Pennsylvania Press
Royal Historical Society, Boydell Press
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Princeton University
Physicians; doctors
Skin diseases
Disease and diseases
Handsch, Georg
Magati, Cesare
Sydenham, Thomas
Platter, Thomas, the Younger
Platter, Felix
Platter, Family
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
16th century
18th century
Rome (Italy)
Naples (Italy)
London (England)

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