Santorio Sanctorius, Italian physician, 1728.

Santorio Sanctorius, Italian physician, 1728.
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Santorio Sanctorius (1561-1636) portrayed in an engraving from 'Ars de Statica Medicina'. Sanctorius was an Italian physician and the founder of quantitative measurement in medicine. He was the first to use a thermometer to measure body temperature, and also invented various instruments, including a hygrometer and a water-bed.

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