Schroeder van der Kolk on body and soul: his empirical work

Paul Eling <>
NICI/VFP, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Jacobus Schroeder van der Kolk demonstrated his interest in and aptitude for scientific work already during his medical studies at the University of Groningen. More than hundred contributions from him have been recorded; among these are presentations to scientific societies and articles in journals. Topics addressed are psychiatry (both the management of mentally ill in institutions and case reports), neurology, blood circulation, pulmonary disorders, embryology, tumours, zoology and finally a series of papers on the nature of the soul. His medical and scientific career is perhaps best characterised by two central features:

The aim of the present paper is to analyse Schroeder van der Kolk's empirical studies in the areas of psychiatry and neurology with an emphasis on his metaphysical standpoint, apparent in these studies.

Session III
Friday, 20 June 1997, 14.00 - 14.30

Second Annual Meeting of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) and 6th Meeting of the European Club on the History of Neurology (ECHN)

Leiden, The Netherlands