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The salt of the earth : natural philosophy, medicine, and chymistry in England, 1650-1750 /
by Anna Marie Roos.
imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2007.
description
xvi, 293 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9004161767 (hardback : alk. paper), 9789004161764 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2007.
isbn
9004161767 (hardback : alk. paper)
9789004161764 (hardback : alk. paper)
contents note
The context of salts -- Paracelsian concepts of salts -- Van Helmont, salts, and natural history in early modern England -- From salts to saline spirits -- The rise of acids -- Salts and saline spirits in the medical marketplace and literature: patent medicines and chymical satire.
catalogue key
6207729
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [269]-285) and index.
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"... The Salt of the Earth is a work that meets a high scholarly standard in both form and substance; it should be of interest to any student of early modern chemistry, medicine, and natural philosophy in general."Victor D. Boantza, Book Reviews - ISIS, 100: 1 (2009), 166-167 pp.
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Summaries
Description for Reader
All those interested in intellectual history, history of science, the history of chemistry, early modern natural history, and medicine.
Long Description
Consisting of a series of case studies, this book is devoted to the concept and uses of salt in early modern science, which have played a crucial role in the evolution of matter theory from Aristotelian concepts of the elements to Newtonian chymistry. No reliable study on this subject has been previously available. Its exploration of natural history's and medicine's intersection with chemical investigation in early modern England demonstrates the growing importance of the senses and experience as causes of intellectual change from 1650-1750. It demonstrates that an understanding of the changing definitions of salt is also crucial to a historical comprehension of the transition between alchemy and chemistry.
Main Description
Consisting of a series of case studies, this book is devoted to the concept and uses of salt in early modern science, which have played a crucial role in the evolution of matter theory from Aristotelian concepts of the elements to Newtonian chymistry. No reliable study on this subject has been previously available. Its exploration of natural history s and medicine s intersection with chemical investigation in early modern England demonstrates the growing importance of the senses and experience as causes of intellectual change from 1650-1750. It demonstrates that an understanding of the changing definitions of salt is also crucial to a historical comprehension of the transition between alchemy and chemistry.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
The Context of Saltsp. 1
Paracelsian Concepts of Saltsp. 10
Van Helmont, Salts, and Natural History in Early Modern Englandp. 47
From Salts to Saline Spirits - the Rise of Acidsp. 108
Salts and Saline Spirits in the Medical Marketplace and Literature: Patent Medicines and Chymical Satirep. 155
Conclusion: From Saline Acids to Acidifying Oxygenp. 194
Translation from Latin of Martin Lister's Exercises on the Healing Springs of England (1684)p. 207
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 287
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