Neo-Hippocratism in Bernardino Ramazzini

Silvia Marinozzi, Maria Conforti, Valentina Gazzaniga

Abstract


Neo-hippocratism is a rational and mechanic method to explain pathological phenomena and discover the causes of diseases. Bernardino ramazzini uses Hippocratic empirical observation to investigate the relations between the alterations of the air - due to mephitic vapours, of organic and inorganic origin - and the development of pathological processes. His notion of corruption of the atmosphere as the origin of epidemics and specific diseases, and that of prevention as the main strategy of modern medicine, is developed in medical literature and in the public medicine projects of the end of the seventeenth century. 


Key words: Bernardino Ramazzini - Neohippocratism - Iatromechanicism - Medical ethic



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