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What Is Medicine?Western and Eastern Approaches to Healing$
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Paul Unschuld

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257658

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257658.001.0001

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Out of the Waiting Shelter, into the Jail Cell

Out of the Waiting Shelter, into the Jail Cell

70 Out of the Waiting Shelter, into the Jail Cell
What Is Medicine?

Paul U. Unschuld

University of California Press

Professor Dr. Friedrich Hoffmann (1660–1742), an architect and a property developer, saw the organism as a machine with inherent hydraulics. Hoffmann mentions that the most important movement is the constant circulation of blood. It protects the body from decaying and thus provides life. Disturbances in movement are the direct cause of illness and they change the constitution and flowing properties of the blood. The increased speed increases the friction and warmth in the body. The substances separate, clump up, and clog the vessels with slowed movement. Harmful substances are no longer filtered out and excreted, so that decay can set in, or the blood clots, overstretches the vessels and finally causes them to break open. Hoffmann recognized the laws of nature as the only entry to reality and created medicine. He was the first professor for medicine at the newly founded university in Halle and his patients resumed to normal and were able to lead healthy lives.

Keywords:   circulation of blood, cause of illness, properties of the blood, harmful substances, laws of nature, medicine

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