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Jutta Schickore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226449982

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450049.001.0001

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“A matter so obscure, so difficult, and likewise so new …”

“A matter so obscure, so difficult, and likewise so new …”

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(p.1) Introduction “A matter so obscure, so difficult, and likewise so new …”
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About Method
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Jutta Schickore

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450049.003.0001

Toward the end of his two-volume Treatise on the Venom of the Viper, published in 1781, the Tuscan naturalist Felice Fontana declared: “I have made more than 6000 experiments; I have had more than 4000 animals bit; I have employed upwards of 3000 vipers and may have been deceived; some essential circumstance may have escaped me: I may have neglected some other, not thinking it necessary; my consequences may have been too general, my experiments too few in number. In a word, I may very easily have been mistaken, and it would be almost impossible that I should never have been so in a matter so difficult, so obscure, and likewise so new.”...

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