Thomas Bartholin mellem tro og viden: Thomas Bartholin Between faith and knowledge

Emil Niels Heinrichsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The Danish 17th century physician, mathematician, and theologian, Thomas Bartholin, who discovered the lymphatic system in humans, played a central role in the scholarly world of his contemporary time. Through the study of his publications On diseases in the Bible: a medical miscellany and The discovery of the lymphatic system from his comprehensive bibliography, the aim of this project is to investigate his views on medicine and theology, and the possible concordance or dispute between these views. This study is carried out through source criticism and reflections on the correlation between Bartholin and the historical context based on modern literature. This project concludes that a plausible explanation of why his discoveries could obtain significant recognition is to be found in the combination of his social status as an authority, his humbleness by ascribing a great part of his results to nature and God and because of his ability to take part in the contemporary, empirically based, inductive current and its revolutionary discoveries.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 jan. 2011


  • Medicine
  • Theology
  • Lymphatic system
  • Thomas Bartholin
  • Bible
  • Religion
  • University of Copenhagen
  • Anatomy
  • 17th century