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Salt of the Earth: Natural Philosophy, Medicine, and Chymistry in England, 1650-1750 (Anna Marie Roos) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2007) 9789004161764
Salt of the Earth: Natural Philosophy, Medicine, and Chymistry in England, 1650-1750 (Anna Marie Roos) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2007) 9789004161764
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Title: The Salt of the Earth: Natural Philosophy, Medicine, and Chymistry in England, 1650-1750

Author: Roos, Anna Marie

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004161764

Volumes: 1; Pages: xvi, 296

List Price in Cloth: $147.00 Our price: $125.99

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Consisting of a series of case studies, this book is devoted to the concept and uses of salt in early modern science, which have played a crucial role in the evolution of matter theory from Aristotelian concepts of the elements to Newtonian chymistry. No reliable study on this subject has been previously available. Its exploration of natural history's and medicine's intersection with chemical investigation in early modern England demonstrates the growing importance of the senses and experience as causes of intellectual change from 1650-1750. It demonstrates that an understanding of the changing definitions of "salt" is also crucial to a historical comprehension of the transition between alchemy and chemistry.Table of contentsList of Illustrations, AcknowledgementsChapter One. The Context of SaltsChapter Two. Paracelsian Concepts of SaltsChapter Three. Van Helmont, Salts, and Natural History in Early Modern EnglandChapter Four. From Salts to Saline Spirits-the Rise of AcidsChapter Five. Salts and Saline Spirits in the Medical Marketplace and Literature-Patent Medicines and Chymical SatireConclusion: From Saline Acids to Acidifying OxygenAppendix: Translation from Latin of Martin Lister's Exercises on the Healing Springs of England (1684)Bibliography, Index
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