1. Introduction

Fluid Bodies

My dissertation Fluid Matters argues that at the turn of the eighteenth century new research methods and instruments crucially changed the perception of bodily fluids, and that this contributed to a new system of medicine. I defended my dissertation in June 2018 in Groningen. Read here a summary of its main arguments per chapter. Enjoy!


6. Semen in Flux


Chapter 6, ‘Semen in Flux’, demonstrates the development of eighteenth-century physicians’ notions of disease. It argues that investigations relating to semen helped formalise pathology as a separate discipline.