HHH column: Chinese medicine in early modern Western European print by Trude Dijkstra
3 januari 2022, door webredactie NVMG
Op de website van The History, Health & Healing Network schreef Trude Dijkstra een column over de rol van de vroege tijdschriften in het verspreiden en toegankelijk maken van medische kennis in de vroegmoderne periode.
Op de website:
While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic underscores new media’s impact on shaping public knowledge of health issues, these dynamics are not new. Rather, they can be traced to the invention of printing with movable type in Europe, which ushered in an era of mass communication. My research considers how early modern print culture was as an engine of change, conveying and altering ideas of Chinese medicine during a period of exceptional transformation and increased global trade, travel, and proselytising, in which the producers of print played a fundamental role.
In the final decades of the seventeenth century, newly emerging learned journals made medical knowledge that had long been the prerogative of a small number of intellectuals public for the first time. Originating in the 1680s, its low cost, together with its accessible format, made the journal an agent of change, broadly disseminating the intellectual efforts of the Enlightenment. Before, news about scholarship, medicine, and science was primarily available either through personal correspondences or through expensive books. The new journals made the intellectual debate ‘public’ by….