A History of Natural Philosophy: From the Ancient World to by Edward Grant

By Edward Grant

Traditional philosophy encompassed all usual phenomena of the actual global. It sought to find the actual factors of all average results and was once little excited about arithmetic. in contrast, the precise mathematical sciences have been narrowly restrained to varied computations that didn't contain actual factors, functioning absolutely independently of usual philosophy. even supposing this begun slowly to alter within the overdue center a while, a way more thoroughgoing union of ordinary philosophy and arithmetic happened within the 17th century and thereby made the medical Revolution attainable. The name of Isaac Newton's nice paintings, The Mathematical ideas of traditional Philosophy, completely displays the recent courting. normal philosophy grew to become the 'Great mom of the Sciences', which by way of the 19th century had nourished the manifold chemical, actual, and organic sciences to adulthood, hence allowing them to depart the 'Great Mother' and turn out to be the multiplicity of self sustaining sciences we all know this day.

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Cold sweat all over; red spots with sweat, round, small like acne, which persisted without subsiding. From the bowels with slight stimulus there came a copious discharge of solid stools, thin, as it were unconcocted, painful. Urine painful and irritating. Extremities grow a little warmer; fitful sleep; coma; speechlessness; thin, transparent urine. Ninth day. Same symptoms. Tenth Day. Took no drink; coma, fitful sleep. Discharges from the bowels similar; had a copious discharge of thickish urine, which on standing left a farinaceous, white deposit, extremities again cold.

Thus, the Hippocratic School emphasized, among other things, careful attention to the symptoms and behavior of their patients. Finally, some Hippocratic treatises emphasized a use of theory and experience in combination. The emphasis on theory, whether by itself or in combination with experience, reveals an influence of philosophy on medicine. Most physicians were akin to craftsman and therefore were unphilosophical. But the philosophically minded physicians were the ones who raised the level of medical understanding.

Acute fever, stools more copious, thinner, frothy; urine black; uncomfortable night; slightly out of his mind. Third day. General exacerbation; oblong tightness of the hypochondrium, soft underneath, extending on both sides to the navel; stools thin, blackish; urine turbid, blackish; no sleep at night; much rambling, laughter, singing; no power of restraining himself. Fourth day. Same symptoms. Fifth day. Stools unmixed, bilious smooth, greasy; urine thin, transparent; lucid intervals. Sixth day.

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