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Asclepio: Revista de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia
519 Publications
OpenAIRE 2.0+ (DRIVER OA, EC funding)


  • Monstrosity’s anatomy: the figure of the monster as the object of a modern medical-anatomical look

    This paper presents an analysis of the monster category on medical research in the modernity. This analysis is based on the development of human anatomy in the sixteenth century and in the study of the physiological relationship between body and organs in the XIX. The Cartesian anatomical research and the naturalization of monster category will open the way to the physiological view of life as a prelude to legal and social medicine.

    On machines and instruments (I): The automaton’s body in the work of E.T.A. Hoffmann

    Immediately after becoming interested in animal magnetism, and undoubtedly as a result of this interest, E.T.A. Hoffmann used automata as the central characters in some of his most notable works. This paper aims to show how this interest reveals the author’s critical attitude towards a conception of the human being which, developing in parallel to anatomy-based medicine, had led in the eighteenth century to a doctrine whose most complete expression is to be found in L'homme machine, by J. O. ...

    El pensamiento eugénico de Marañón

    Athough eugenic ideas were by no means alien to Spanish thought before the 20th century, it is only by the end of the 1920s and the beginning of the 1930s that the first steps towards an institutionalization of Eugenics in Spain were actually taken. In this period, Dr. Marañón produced a number of interesting writings, mostly of a minor or occasional nature, on Eugenic subjects. Marañón was by then one of the leading intellectuals of his generation. His great reputation as a physician and as ...

    Retorno a Limoges. La Adaptación en Lamarck

    In this article I will be analyzing the Darwinist paradigm in the biological science, discussing its capacity to give satisfactory understanding of the new data from biochemistry, microbiology and genetics. The general aim of this analysis is to contribute for the debate about the statute of the scientific theories. Its specific aim is to reflect upon a possible crisis of the Darwinist paradigm, which could corroborate the conception of scientific theories as something historically transitory...
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