Lodestones and gallstones: the magnetic latrochemistry of Martin Lister (1639-1712)

Roos, Anna Marie (2008) Lodestones and gallstones: the magnetic latrochemistry of Martin Lister (1639-1712). History of Science, 46 (3). pp. 343-364. ISSN 0073-2753

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This paper will demonstrate that by combining studies of chemistry, magnetism,
medicine, natural history, and mineralogy, Martin Lister saw the body as a rigorously
metallic-magnetic entity. His devotion and important contributions to so many fields
of endeavour thus led him to conceive of the body in a similarly interdisciplinary and
unique manner. I argue that considering Lister’s chemical work thus brings together
historical literatures that we would normally consider distinct. As all branches of
natural history were interconnected in the early modern period (it encompassed
“investigation into all res naturae — the things of nature”), I will take a similarly
cross-disciplinary approach in my analysis.

Keywords:Martin Lister, Pyrites, Gallstones, Iatrochemistry, Magnetism, Royal Society, History of Chemistry
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:8067
Deposited On:18 Mar 2013 12:31

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