Santorio Santorio Utilized Medical Measuring Instruments

Santorio Santorio, professor of medical theory at the University of Padua, Italy, from 1611 to 1624 utilized precise measuring instruments for medical research. He followed iatrophysical theory that the body is a machine. Santorio conducted a 30-year research experiment on basal metabolism using Galileo Galilei’s adapted pulse clock and clinical thermometer to study the effects of perspiration and excretion on his body weight and published his experimental results, De statica medicina (On Medical Measurement), in 1614.

Date:
      1611, 1614
Name(s):
      Santorio Santorio
Occupation:
      Professor
Location:
      Padua, Italy


Additional Information:

  • Santorio Santorio – Wikipedia
    Santorio Santorio (29 March 1561 – 22 February 1636), also called Sanctorio Sanctorio, … From 1611 to 1624, Santorio was the chair of theoretical medicine at the University of … Santorio was the first to use a wind gauge, a water current meter, the pulsilogium (a device used to measure the pulse rate), and a thermoscope.
  • Santorio Santorio | Italian physician | Britannica.com
    Santorio was a graduate of the University of Padua (M.D., 1582), where he. … the first to employ instruments of precision in the practice of medicine and whose studies … His De Statica Medicina (1614; “On Medical Measurement”) was the first …
  • Santorio Santorio | Encyclopedia.com
    Santorio Santorio1561-1636 Italian Physician Source for information on Santorio … and the author of De Statica Medicina (On Medical Measurement, 1614). … been inspired by Galileo’s thermoscope, a device used to measure hot and cold.
  • Santorio Santorio – World History
    Santorio invented or improved several basic medical instruments, most …. a “pulsilogium,” which used a pendulum to measure the human pulse rate; and …

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