Another of the authors found in the philosophical, mathematical and scientific works of Curwen's home library in Providence.

Hermann Boerhaave (1668-1738) was a Dutch physician, born in Voorhout, near Lieden. His fame rests mainly on "Institutiones medicae" ("Medical Principles") (1708), and "Aphorismi de Congnoscendis et Curadis Morbis" ("Aphorrisms on the Disgnosis and Cure of Diseases") (1709). He founded a teaching hospital and introduced the clinical method into medical education. In 1724 he published "Elementa Chemiae" ("Elements of Chemistry"), a work that did much to render the science of chemistry clear and intelligible. He also made contributions to the field of botany.

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