lundi 18 avril 2022

Le corps malade de l'artisan

The Sick Body of the Artisan. Labor, Medicine, and Health in Ramazzini's Diseases of Workers (1700)


28 April 2022
16:00 - 18:00 CEST

Sala degli Stemmi
Villa Salviati- Castle

Organised by Department of History and Civilisation

The EUI History of Science and Medicine working group hosts a presentation by Paola Bertucci who will talk about the first treatise on occupational medicine.

Bernardino Ramazzini’s De Morbis Artificum Diatriba (On the Diseases of Workers), was a highly successful text, commonly regarded as the first treatise on occupational medicine. This paper situates it in the context of early modern writings on the mechanical arts, asking what it meant for a physician like Ramazzini to focus on the diseases of workers at that time. It shows that the work’s novelty did not so much rest in its contents as in its argument. While Diseases of Workers contained little new information on how to treat workers, its argument that physicians should pay attention to patients’ occupations was a novel and polemical one. The paper discusses the implications of this argument for the relationship between physicians and the state.

Please register to get a seat or the ZOOM link.


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