Teresa Hollerbach

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Oct 2019-Mar 2021)

MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

After having completed my studies in History of Science and History of Technology in Berlin and Florence, I 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 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 co-supervisor is Prof. Dr. Matteo Valleriani. From 2016 to 2019 (May) I acted as PhD representative of the MPIWG.



The Emergence of Iatromechanical Medicine


The Reconstruction of the Sanctorian Chair


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Selected Publications

Hollerbach, T. (2018). The weighing chair of Sanctorius Sanctorius: a replica. NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Wissenschaften, Technik und Medizin, 26(2), 121-149. doi:10.1007/s00048-018-0193-z.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Hauptseminar (in cooperation with Matteo Valleriani): Nachbau der ersten Personenwaage - die Materialität der frühneuzeitlichen statischen Medizin

Technische Universität Berlin, Straße des 17. Juni 135, Berlin. 

Quantitative Physiological Reasoning at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century: The Work of Sanctorius Sanctorius

International Conference Humours, Mixtures, Corpuscles, Pisa (Italy)

Sanctorius Sanctorius: Der Beginn der Selbstquantifizierung

Research Colloquium on Early Modern History (organized by Prof. Daniela Hacke)

Freie Universität Berlin, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Koserstr. 20, 14195 Berlin.



Science Goes Stage! Science Slam