The Concept of Pain in the 17th Century

Paolo Procacci, Marco Maresca


The 17th Century is very important in the historyof sensation and pain. Philosophers, as Descartes, Hobbes, Spinoza, defined a new philophy of science. Physicians of the iatro-chemical School introduced the first principles of biochemistry, tied to the sensations. Physicians of the iatro-mechanical School postulated a really modern concept: the importance of nerve juices in sensibility and pain. 


Key words: Pain - Concept - 17th Century - History  

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