Daniel Margócsy: "Worms: Parasites of Humans and Ships in the Age of Exploration"

  • Datum: –15.00
  • Plats: Engelska parken - Rausingrummet
  • Arrangör: Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria
  • Kontaktperson: H. Otto Sibum
  • Seminarium

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Daniel Margócsy, HPS, Cambridge University: "Worms: Parasites of Humans and Ships in the Age of Exploration"


Abstract
This talk examines the role worms played in the discourses of medicine and shipbuilding in the years around 1700. In the period, these parasites were considered as a major risk for sailors and ships. They attacked the intestines of those traveling to distant lands, and they attacked the hulls of those ships that brought those sailors to distant lands. This talk examines how such maritime concerns found a reflection in writings of natural history of the period, and how natural historians, maritime administrators and projectors attempted to find panaceas against worms.