«Não há nada de novo debaixo do Sol»: Aspectos da Visão Médico-Astrológica de Manuel Bocarro Francês e Rosales

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The present article focuses on the medical and astrological vision of Manuel Bocarro Francês e Rosales, a New Christian doctor born in Lisbon, who converted to Judaism when he moved to Hamburg. Graduated by the Castilians universities of Alcalá de Henares and Sigüenza, Bocarro defends the galenic medicine, professing also the idea that the origin of Medicine remounts to God, who transmitted it to Adam after hisfall, to help his miserable condition. On the other hand, in his medical practice, Bocarro gives great importance to the theory of celestial influence on the human body,because, as endeavoring to bring to perfection the astrological matter, he proposes that, by the stars, it is possible to acquire knowledge of, among others things,temperament, physical weaknesses and admirable soul qualities of man, as the favorable occasion for the application of treatments.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)79-93
Number of pages15
JournalCadernos de Estudos Sefarditas
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017
EventOs Judeus e a Medicina. Tempo e Memória. Seminário - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 30 Oct 2014 → …


  • Medicine
  • Galenism
  • Divine Transmission
  • Celestial Influence
  • Astrology

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