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Educación Médica 2017;18 Supl 2:12-6
Lo que pudo ser y no fue: el español en los albores de la ciencia moderna
What could be and was not: The Spanish at the dawn of modern science
Josep L. Baronaa
a Catedrático de Historia de la Ciencia, Universitat de València, Valencia, España
Resumen

Despite the political, military and economic power of the Spanish Empire, during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the Spanish language did not become the international scientific and medical language during the early modern period. Assuming that the cause of this event was not the language itself, this chapter discusses the factors that guided the transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world, and the political, intellectual, cultural, geographical and technical context, which conditioned that the Greek and Latin languages remained as lingua franca of the academic, elitist science, while vernacular languages were developed in certain scientific and medical fields closely linked to its social use and popular traditions. I try to analyze as well the political and religious circumstances (Reformation versus Counterreformation) that closed the Spanish culture to the so called scientific revolution of the seventeenth century.

Palabras clave
Medicina, Ciencia, Lengua española, Imperio, Reforma, Contrarreforma, Siglos xvi y xvii
Keywords
Medicine, Science, Spanish language, Empire, Reformation, Counter Reformation, Early Modern
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