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Medical Electricity, Embodied Experiences, and Knowledge Construction in Europe and the Atlantic World, c.1740-1840

Project description

Using 18th century electrotherapy data to learn more about scientific knowledge

Science is subjective and situational. It is shaped by experiences and cognitive perceptions, which are themselves affected by circumstances, knowledge, and beliefs. Being cutting-edge and meticulously recorded at the time, 18th century electrotherapy data offers a unique way of understanding these interactions and how they impacted scientific knowledge. The ERC-funded ELBOW project is an empirical study of how direct experience, cognitive perceptions, experiential knowledge, and the epistemological beliefs of ordinary patients impacted electrotherapeutic practices and scientific knowledge as a whole. In doing so, the project will offer a more complex and enlightened approach to the history of knowledge.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 499 775,00
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00