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Measure of the heart: Santorio Santorio and the Pulsilogium

Richard de Grijs Daniel Vuillermin Beijing, China   Pulsilogium (center; line with a weight tied to a finger alongside a ruler) and thermoscope (right). (Sanctorius, S., 1626, Commentaria in primamFen primi libri CanonisAvicennae, Venice: Sarcina, p. 22. Woodcut and text; Credit: Wellcome Library, London) The heart is a musical organ. The irregularity of one’s inhalation and […]

Giovanni Alfonso Borelli: de motu animalium an iatromathematic and mechanical understanding of the body and health,

Philippe Campillo France   Portrait of Borelli by Pierre-Roch Vigneron Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Iatromathematics, also known as iatromechanics or iatrophysics, is above all a designation applied to a school of thought or to a sect of physicians. It claims to be able to subject all living phenomena to the rigors of computation, explaining […]