The Theatre of Life and DeathBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1271 (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1271
- Jules Marshall, freelance journalist (Jules@xs4all.nl)
Having freed itself from the Spanish empire, the Republic of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands was by the 17th century a superpower to rival Britain. Known primarily through its art, the Dutch Golden Age was also a period of great scientific and medical advance.
The new ideas of the Italian renaissance filtered north, driving out the medieval superstitions, including those related to health …