• Innate Heat

    Author(s):
    Elisabeth Moreau (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Subject(s):
    Medicine, Middle Ages, Sixteenth century, Seventeenth century, Philosophy, Renaissance
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Galen, Fernel, Paracelsus, Medieval and early modern medicine, Renaissance philosophy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/52x4-qx73
    Abstract:
    Innate heat is a fundamental concept in Galenic medicine, referring to a physiological heat proper to living beings. Originating in the heart, it takes part in the vital and organic functions of the human body. As instrument of the soul, it animates the body in a similar way to a bodily flame. Its nature and role is bound up with the definition of life within a theoretical framework combining natural philosophy and medicine. Consequently, physiological debates on innate heat often converged on cosmological, chymical, and embryological considerations on the origin, composition, and transmission of life.
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