Teresa Hollerbach

Predoctoral Fellow
Predoctoral Fellows are candidates for a doctorate at an accredited university financed in part or in whole by the MPIWG. These scholars carry minor responsibilities (no more than 10% of their time) within their research unit.
Department I
MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin
1. April 2016 to 31. März 2019

After having completed my studies in History of Science and History of Technology in Berlin and Florence, I recently became Predoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG. My work focuses on European Early Modern History of Medicine, especially in Italy. At the turn of the seventeenth century, we find a highly diversified European medical world. Intellectual and philosophical contexts played an important role in the development of medicine and can provide us with an insight into the broad connections that existed between medicine and other branches of natural knowledge. Despite the established traditional way of medical teaching and learning at the universities, many of those involved in medicine were open to new ideas and contemporary new trends. In this context, the Istrian physician Sanctorius Sanctorius (1561-1636) developed instruments to measure—and to quantify—physiological change. In my research, I consider Sanctorius’ work in the process of the emergence and establishment of the methods of quantification in science and specifically in the frame of the formation of the iatro-sciences. My PhD supervisor is Prof. Dr. Friedrich Steinle and cosupervisor is Dr. Matteo Valleriani. I currently stand as the PhD representative of the MPIWG and representative for the Humanities Section of Max Planck PhDnet.



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