Monthly Archives: November 2012

Mercury or mercury?

In previous posts, I have written about the historical omnipresence of mercury in medicine. For my new research project, I am trying to figure out how the first academic chemists looked at mercury, and whether the experiments they did with … Continue reading

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The practical uses of a mummie

In our culture, we have a deeply ingrained aversion against ingesting other people‚Äôs bodies and bodily substances. Or don’t we? It seems a bit random, as exchanges of certain bodily fluids between partners are generally accepted as long as it … Continue reading

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The seventeenth-century pharmacy: learning by doing

After focusing on objects and materiality for a bit, this week I returned to the library to read texts. It struck me once again how dense very small pieces of text can be. Part of my new project on metals … Continue reading

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