The Hanoverian Scholar and the Doctor of the Peasants
Keywords:Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Bernardino Ramazzini, Neoippocratism , Epidemiology
AbstractGottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Bernardino Ramazzini met in Modena in autumn 1689, and made friends. Rereading their correspondence and finding other coeval documents, the author reconstructs a scientific relation forgotten by historians. They not only discussed on air pollution, artesian wells and barometric forecast, but – more generally – favored the foundation of social medicine on epidemiology. Hence the Leibnizian contribution to the European fortune of Third Hippocrates.