By Marianne Klemun,Ulrike Spring
This assortment makes a speciality of diverse expeditions and their position within the strategy of wisdom acquisition from the eighteenth century onwards. It investigates a number of sorts of medical perform performed in the course of, after and prior to expeditions, and it areas this dialogue into the clinical context of experiments. In treating expeditions as experiments in a heuristic experience, we additionally suggest that the excursion is a version at the laboratory within which assorted practices might be performed and the place the transformation of doubtful into sure wisdom is established. The experimental positioning of the excursion brings jointly an ensemble of concepts, techniques, fabric brokers and social actors, and illuminates the stairs prime from commentary to proof and documentation. The chapters exhibit the range of clinical pursuits that encouraged expeditions with their specialize in normal heritage, geology, ichthyology, botany, zoology, helminthology, speleology, actual anthropology, oceanography, meteorology and magnetism.