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dc.contributor.authorSteinke, Hubert
dc.date.accessioned2022-04-08T04:03:49Z
dc.date.available2022-04-08T04:03:49Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.date.submitted2022-04-07T09:14:52Z
dc.identifierONIX_20220407_9789042018525_20
dc.identifierhttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/53805
dc.identifier.urihttps://directory.doabooks.org/handle/20.500.12854/80722
dc.description.abstractOne of the great medical controversies of the Enlightenment was the European debate on motion, sensation, and animal experimentation provoked by Albrecht von Haller’s treatise on irritability and sensibility (1752). Irritating Experiments is the first full-length study to explore the theoretical background and the experimental process that led to Haller's description and separation of two fundamental bodily qualities: irritability, or the capacity of muscles to contract upon stimulation, and sensibility, or the capacity of the nervous system to transmit impressions that are felt as touch or pain in humans, or produce signs of pain in animals. This new concept presented a serious challenge to the reigning medical systems. Haller’s animal experiments were repeated all over Europe, on a scale never seen before. The results, however, were contradictory. Haller's concept was largely rejected, and animal experimentation could not be established as a major research method in physiology. Focussing on procedural aspects of experimentation, the interaction between experiment and theory, the status of surgery, the use of medical and pathological models, and the culture of criticism, Irritating Experiments tries to explain why.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.relation.ispartofseriesClio Medica
dc.rightsopen access
dc.subject.classificationthema EDItEUR::M Medicine and Nursing::MB Medicine: general issues::MBX History of medicineen_US
dc.subject.otherMedicine
dc.subject.otherHistory of medicine
dc.titleIrritating Experiments
dc.title.alternativeHaller’s Concept and the European Controversy on Irritability and Sensibility, 1750-90
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1163/9789004332980
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy33fecb33-e7c4-4fc8-96b0-7ba2fccafba9
oapen.relation.isbn9789042018525
oapen.relation.isbn9789004332980
oapen.imprintBRILL
oapen.pages360
dc.seriesnumber76


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