What if doctors got sick? How did early modern medical practitioner’s experience of eye ailments shape their understanding of vision and observation? This paper discusses a kind of medical encounter that was the doctor’s encounter with their own body or their fellow doctor’s body, and focuses in particular on their experience of visual disorders. While observation was rising to be an important way of medical knowing, visual disorders called into question the reliability and trustworthiness of the sense of sight. This paper delves into the tension between the belief in and doubt of the certainty of vision through medical practitioner’s investigation of the pathology of the eye.
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Wenrui Zhao, Graduate Student in History at Columbia University
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