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By S. Gaukroger (auth.), Emily Booth (eds.)

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Walter Charleton (1619-1707) has been greatly depicted as a ordinary thinker whose highbrow profession reflected the highbrow ferment of the ‘scientific revolution’. rather than viewing him as a barometer of highbrow swap, I study the formerly unexplored query of his identification as a doctor. analyzing 3 of his vernacular scientific texts, this quantity considers Charleton’s ideas on anatomy, body structure and the equipment through which he sought to appreciate the invisible techniques of the body.

Although focused on many empirical investigations in the Royal Society, he didn't supply epistemic primacy to experimental findings, nor did he intentionally determine himself with the empirical tools linked to the ‘new science’. as a substitute Charleton offered himself as a scholarly eclectic, following a classical version of the self. Physicians had to advise either historic and glossy experts, which will allure and hold sufferers. I argue that Charleton’s conditions as a practicing healthcare professional ended in the development of an identification at variance with that extensively linked to normal philosophers. The insights he can provide us into the realm of 17th century physicians are hugely major and completely fascinating.

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391. INTRODUCTION 27 illustrates the dire state of his finances. Without sons to support him, Charleton had no security once his practice dwindled. 140 Charleton died poor despite a long career in medicine, throughout which he tried assiduously through publication and flattery to attract patrons. After his falling out with Brouncker, he may have lost one of his most substantial benefactors. Ultimately it was the College that came to his aid. Publication was one way in which writers could attract patrons, and it would have to be said that in his case it was not terribly successful.

1, p. 391. See also Annals, 5 December 1706. The only one remaining was John Crewe (1633—1722). Cook, Trials, p. 113. 28 CHAPTER I scientific knowledge such as Steven Shapin. Instead his medical writings reveal a quite different set of determinants of identity, peculiar to his status as a professional physician, within which eclecticism was central. The second chapter reviews the literature on Charleton. Across generations of shifting historiographical emphasis, the basic characterisation of him, as a barometer of contemporary thought, has remained unaltered.

Williams, ‘De-centring the “big picture”: The Origins of Modern Science and the modern origins of science’, British Journal of the History of Science, vol. 26, 1993, p. 409. See for example H. Butterfield, The Origins of Modern Science, 1300-1800, London, G. Bell, 1957. Cunningham & Williams, ‘De-centring’, p. 417. 6 I have no wish to argue over whether or not a ‘scientific revolution’ occurred, or whether that term describes the intellectual environment of the late seventeenth century. Instead the present chapter explores the ways in which the historiography of scientific revolution and the (more recent) ‘virtuoso’ natural philosopher profile have shaped our understanding of Walter Charleton.

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