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Santorio Fellowship for Medical Humanities

Humours Mixtures Corpuscles

Thanks to the Santorio Fellowship for Medical Humanities and Science, granted by the Institutio Santoriana, Fondazione Comel, I was able to contribute to the Humours, Mixtures, Corpucles conference in Pisa, 18–20 May 2017. My talk was about insensible perspiration, sudorific drugs, and the notion of sharpness in the early modern period.

Geschiedenis Magazine: Scheid het uit!

Scheid het uit!

In aanloop naar ons Histories of Healthy Ageing congres in juni en de Gelukkig Gezond! tentoonstelling proberen we het publiek al te betrekken. Zo hebben we een minispecial geschreven over "Gezond leven sinds de Middeleeuwen: van matigheid voor monniken tot honing bij melancholie" dat deze maand is verschenen in Geschiedenis Magazine (maart 2017, pp. 42–49):

Dagblad van het Noorden: Blood, zweet en urine

Blood, zweet en urine

Hele dagen is hij bezig met bloed, zweet, urine en sperma. Medisch wetenschapper Ruben Verwaal promoveert op de geschiedenis van lichaamssappen. Zondag is hij te gast in Stand van Stad, de maandelijkse talkshow in het Groninger Forum. Zijn lievelingssap op dit moment? Sperma.

Lieke van den Krommenacker

Urine as Ultimate Moisteriser: Obsessed with Bodily Fluids

UKrant 2016

How much does sweat weigh? And why is urine such a good moisturiser? Ruben Verwaal discovered that 18th century scientists used primitive chemistry to study bodily fluids.

By Christien Boomsma

So there he was: Santorio Santorio. The early 17th century Italian doctor had constructed a giant ‘weighing chair’, in which he spent most of his day. The construction was intended to help him study his own metabolism. How much did he weigh at the beginning of the day? How much did his food weigh? How much did he poop or pee? And most importantly: was there a difference?