Nature and Mission

The Centre for the Study of Medicine and the Body in the Renaissance (CSMBR) is an international institute of advanced studies belonging to the Institutio Santoriana – Fondazione Comel and based at the Domus Comeliana in Pisa. It carries on the scientific legacy of the Italian physician, philosopher

philosopher, scientist, and inventor Santorio Santori (1561-1636) and it furthers the values of Medical Humanism and the advancement of scientific knowledge as inspired by the intellectual, cultural and social development of the European Medical Renaissance (1300-1700).

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Policy and Organisation

The CSMBR is constituted as an independent research institute open to scholars of any nationality, without discrimination (either direct or indirect) of ethnicity, gender, age, political, religious, or sexual orientation.

It neither seeks nor promotes any political goal: advocacy research, as well as activities or fields of study directly related to political purposes of any nature (religious, social, economic, sexual, etc.), are irreconcilable with the CSMBR mission.

The centre is run by a Governing Board of international scholars and representatives of funding institutions, in accordance with the CSMBR General Regulations.

Core Values: Medical Humanism

Our fundamental principles are rooted in the philosophy of Medical Humanism, as developed historically in the Italian Renaissance.

The Renaissance (Italian Rinascimento) saw a revival in the study of classical antiquity, which from Italy spread across Western Europe, in the period between the 14th and the 16th century.

During this period, the term umanista (“humanist”) was adopted by scholars concerned with the development of humanity by means of the litterae humaniores, which included dialectic, rhetoric, history, poetry, and philosophy.

In accordance with this historical legacy, we developed the tenets of Medical Humanism:

Medical Humanism is the commitment to acknowledging, respecting, and developing the human potential proper to each individual. An individual is a living being provided with a biological and social nature, a personal memory, a shared history, and a spiritual dimension that renders each human being as an existential singularity.

The scholarly work carried out at the CSMBR is meant to allow a plurality of opinions among the scholars, so that each individual is able to form their own opinion, as freely and independently as possible.

This is the reason behind the centre not committing to any specific political and religious view. While we do acknowledge that, as members of society, our members are political actors, their being social does not imply for the institution as a whole the need to uphold any particular value, other than the respect of the human dignity in accordance with the law.

Still Curious About Us?

Then watch this video about our mission, goals and values.
 
In a friendly chat with interviewer Giulia Buscemi, filmed in the gardens of the Domus Comeliana during the 2017 Summer School, our president Vivian Nutton talks about the mission of the CSMBR and the relevance of Medical Humanities for the present generation
generation of scholars.
The joyful voices of attendees coming from the background are just a token of how intellectually and socially stimulating our events are and a glimpse into the scholarly environment you will find at the CSMBR.
Enjoy!