FORMA FLUENS

Histories of the Microcosm

The Blog of the Body

Forma Fluens (“flowing form”) is a blog dedicated to the history of the body. A metaphor for life itself, as a rhythmic flow that alters the shape and the diachronic identity of the human being, this space is dedicated to any curious person interested in the history of medicine and the body.

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Bacon believed that the key to extending life lay not in the curricula as taught in the medical faculties of

Bacon believed that the key to extending life lay not in the curricula as taught in the medical faculties of

In the 13th century, ‘embryology’ as a specific branch of biology did not exist, and the study of the configuration

This post explores Agresto, an acidic substance obtained from boiling and subsequent pressing of "unripe grapes", which was used in

This article explores early modern quarantine regulations highlighting contemporary attitudes toward the body, disease and cleanliness.

Jasmine, widely used and praised in the East, was one of the many substances introduced to the Italian peninsula for

I focus here on an English natural philosopher, Kenelm Digby, and his atomic interpretation of Aristotle. My aim is to

I reconsiders the traditional characterization of Sanctorius as the inventor of a new science, examining his activities in relation to