Matters of Exchange – Book Review

Matters of Exchange
Matters of Exchange

In The “Elegant” History, Will Thomas of Ether Wave Propaganda reviews the book Matters of Exchange, Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age, by Harold J. Cook.

From the publishers blurb:

“In this wide-ranging and stimulating book, a leading authority on the history of medicine and science presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce—not religion—inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Harold J. Cook scrutinizes a wealth of historical documents relating to the study of medicine and natural history in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Asia during this era, and his conclusions are fresh and exciting. He uncovers direct links between the rise of trade and commerce in the Dutch Empire and the flourishing of scientific investigation.”

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