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Linnaeus as a Physician

The allseeing eye

Linnaeus’ contributions as a physician have to do with how we work as physicians and researchers. Linnaeus teaches that the art of successful doctoring requires a capacity to observe, the eternal question of cause and effect, meticulously gathering observations, and placing them in a systematic classification. It was hardly as a medical practitioner that Linnaeus made such a great impact, even though his work was no doubt highly appreciated in his day. It was his insights into the diversity and the interplay among the resources that nature offers us. How these can be used (Oeconomia naturae) – and for that matter also abused (intoxicating substances, for example) – is central to Linnaeus’ impact on medical science.


Written by: Bengt Meyerson

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