Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age

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Yale University Press, 2007 - 562 pages
In this sweeping and original book, a leading authority on the history of medicine and science presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce--not religion--inspired the rise of science in the 16th and 17th centuries.
 

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Contents

One Worldly Goods and the Transformations of Objectivity
1
Two An Information Economy
42
In Pursuit of Natural Facts
82
Four Commerce and Medicine in Amsterdam
133
Five Truths and Untruths from the Indies
175
Descartes in the Republic
226
Seven Industry and Analysis
267
Eight Gardens of the Indies Transported
304
The Medicine of East Asia
339
Sticking to Simple Things
378
Eleven Conclusions and Comparisons
410
Notes
417
Bibliography
473
Index
537
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