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Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age

Harold J. Cook


This book presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce—not religion—inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The book scrutinizes a wealth of historical documents relating to the study of medicine and natural history in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Asia during this era. It uncovers direct links between the rise of trade and commerce in the Dutch Empire and the flourishing of scientific investigation. The book argues that engaging in commerce changed the thinking of Dutch citizens, leading to a new emphasis on such values ... More

Keywords: Dutch Empire, trade, commerce, scientific investigation, objectivity, accumulation, description, medicine, natural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780300117967
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300117967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harold J. Cook, author