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Debates and Experiments: The Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh

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Like other Scottish clubs and societies, this student-run organisation was a public forum where medical students could present their own papers and hone rhetorical skills. This essay is a first attempt to present and analyse the broad range of dissertations composed and presented during the last two decades of the eighteenth century. The documents offer a valuable window into contemporary Scottish medical science. Behind a fa├žade of didactic exercises, the Society gradually shifted from an elite debating club into an institution adopting new epistemological foundations for the acquisition of medical knowledge that included the design and execution of human and animal experiments.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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