Medicine and Science in a New Medical-surgical Context: The Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona (1760–1843)

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Pérez-Pérez N. Medicine and Science in a New Medical-surgical Context: The Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona (1760–1843). Med Stud. 2010; 2(1): 37–48. DOI: 10.1007/s12376-010-0039-z
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dc.contributor.author Pérez, Núria
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-05T06:48:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-05T06:48:05Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Pérez-Pérez N. Medicine and Science in a New Medical-surgical Context: The Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona (1760–1843). Med Stud. 2010; 2(1): 37–48. DOI: 10.1007/s12376-010-0039-z
dc.identifier.issn 1876-4533
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/16650
dc.description.abstract Taking the Royal College of Barcelona (1760 -1843) as a case study this paper shows the development of modern surgery in Spain initiated by Bourbon Monarchy founding new kinds of institutions through their academic activities of spreading scientific knowledge. Antoni Gimbernat was the most famous internationally recognised Spanish surgeon. He was trained as a surgeon at the Royal College of Surgery in Cadiz and was later appointed as professor of the Anatomy in the College of Barcelona. He then became Royal Surgeon of King Carlos IV and with that esteemed position in Madrid he worked resiliently to improve the quality of the Royal colleges in Spain. Learning human body structure by performing hands-on dissections in the anatomical theatre has become a fundamental element of modern medical education. Gimbernat favoured the study of natural sciences, the new chemistry of Lavoisier and experimental physics in the academic programs of surgery. According to the study of a very relevant set of documents preserved in the library, the so-called “juntas literarias”, among the main subjects debated in the clinical sessions was the concept of human beings and diseases in relation to the development of the new experimental sciences. These documents showed that chemistry and experimental physics were considered crucial tools to understand the unexplained processes that occurred in the diseased and healthy human body and in a medico-surgical context. It is important to stress that through these manuscripts we can examine the role and the reception of the new sciences applied to healing arts.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Med Stud. 2010; 2(1): 37–48
dc.rights (c) Springer (The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com)
dc.subject.other Cirurgia -- Catalunya -- Barcelona -- S. XVIII
dc.subject.other Cirurgians -- Catalunya
dc.title Medicine and Science in a New Medical-surgical Context: The Royal College of Surgery of Barcelona (1760–1843)
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12376-010-0039-z
dc.subject.keyword Royal College of Surgery
dc.subject.keyword Chemistry
dc.subject.keyword Experimental physics
dc.subject.keyword Enlightenment
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dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion


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