Anita Guerrini

Anita Guerrini

Anita Guerrini is a historian of the life sciences and medicine with research interests in environmental history and the history of animals. The Courtiers’ Anatomists: Animals and Humans in Louis XIV’s Paris is her most recent book, published in May 2015. Other books include Obesity and Depression in the Enlightenment, a biography of the very fat physician George Cheyne (?1671-1743) and Experimenting with Humans and Animals: From Galen to Animal Rights as well as the annotated bibliography Natural History and the New World. Guerrini also co-edited Ballads and Broadsides in Britain 1500-1800 and blogs at Anatomia Animalia.

Anita Guerrini, The Courtiers' Anatomists

The Courtiers’ Anatomists

What did it mean to experiment with animals in the seventeenth century? There is much ambiguity surrounding the terms “demonstration,” “experience,” and “experiment” in this period, further complicated by linguistic…