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Title: Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536): Renaissance advocate of the public role of medicine
Contributor(s): Albury, William Randall  (author); Weisz, George M  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: The great Renaissance scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam was a pioneering advocate of the importance of medicine for social as well as individual welfare. Erasmus' "Oration in praise of the art of medicine" (1518) illustrates his literary approach to this topic. Although the original version of his text did not address the state's role in promoting the health of the populace, Erasmus inserted new material on this topic into the "Oration" for a 1529 edition. This new material and references in some of his other writings from the same period indicate that it was in the 1520s that Erasmus first became a strong advocate of government intervention in public health matters. It is suggested that medical events in Erasmus' own life - his experiences both as a patient and as an observer of diseases - may explain why his interest in public health legislation increased significantly around this time.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Medical Biography, 11(3), p. 128-134
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 0967-7720
Field of Research (FOR): 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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