Medical Electricity, Embodied Experiences, and Knowledge Construction in Europe and the Atlantic World, c. 1740–1840.

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J.H. van Swinden demonstrating the generation of electricity to the Felix Meritis Society, Amsterdam. Engraving by R. Vinkeles after J. Kuyper and P.P. Barbiers. 1801. Wellcome Library no. 181i

The project Medical Electricity, Embodied Experiences, and Knowledge Construction in Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1740–1840 (ELBOW) uses medical electricity as a window into examining not simply how scientific knowledge was constructed in the long eighteenth century— but more specifically, into the role of embodied experience in this process.

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