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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L2337 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 14 April 1758 n.s.
Dated 14 aprilis 1758. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Dulcissime Amicorum,

Tuae me semper reficiunt literae.

Audivi diu, quod collegae mei fuere a partibus chirurgorum. Ego semper in praelectionibus publicis inculco eorum merita, prout decet, licet filius Ramström praesens audiat.

En horrendum phaenomenon. Facultas Medica Lundensis proposuit Cancellario suo illustrissimo duos candidatos ad Adjuncturam Medicam; alterum Magistrum Vollin philosophum & philologum, qui ante annum heic fuit Praeceptor Comit[orum] Piperiorum, et de Medicina non somniabat.

Alterum D[ominus] Aretin, Beati Westerbergii simillimum. O Bone Deus, quid fiet tandem de Medicina Lundensium? Omnes tacent et vident; nullus loquitur mortuo Hårlemanno.

Dissertatio Petersonii a Patre scripta est more Germanorum; vel esset tota reformanda et immutanda vel nihil. Diffusissimo usus est dicendi genere. Si quid mutassem, novi enim autorem, haec nobis opprobrio vertisset, qui malignus satis est. Dixit in altioribus locis calorem esse intensiorem, contra rei veritatem; et plura similia.

Dixisset certissime nos pervertisse dicta ejus, si emendassemus. Possimus ex hoc ejus specimine judicare de viri sapientia. Adeoque transeat cum caeteris erroribus. Impressa jam est. Ne credas me domum ejus intraturum; potius in squalidissimo loco degam.

Vale et prout soles me ama!

Upsaliae d[ie] 14 aprilis 1758.

Archiatren
Wälborne H[err] Doctor BAECK
Stockholm.

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for a letter [this letter has not come down to us] that has pleased him.

Linnaeus has often heard that his colleagues praise the barber-surgeons. In his public lectures, Linnaeus always stresses their merits, even if the young Ramström [Christian Ludvig RamströmRamström, Christian Ludvig
(1748-1782). Swedish. Physician.
Linnaeus´s student 1758-1760.
Studied in Stockholm, Greifswald and
Paris. Practising obstetrician and
teacher in Stockholm. Assessor at the
Collegium medicum. Son of Mathias
Ramström.
, son of Mathias RamströmRamström, Mathias
(1701-1772). Swedish. Army surgeon,
diector general (överdirektör)
of the Swedish surgery and president of
the Society of surgeons (Chirurgiska
societeten). Father of Christian Ludvig
Ramström.
] is present and listens.

Linnaeus relates what he calls a horrible phenomenon in Lund. The faculty of medicine there has proposed two candidates for the position of adjunctus medicus, Christian WollinWollin, Christian (1730-1798).
Swedish. Docent of oriental languages,
Lund in 1751, assistent teacher
(adjunct) at the Faculty of Medicine,
Lund in 1755, Professor of Chemistry and
Pharmacy, Lund in 1761.
, a philosopher and linguist, who a year earlier had been in Uppsala as tutor of Carl Fredrik PiperísPiper, Carl Fredrik
(1700-1770). Swedish. President of the
Swedish Judicial Board for Public Lands
and Funds. Son of Carl Piper, father of
Carl Gustaf and Fredrik Thure
Piper.
sons [Carl Gustaf PiperPiper, Carl Gustaf (1737-1803).
Swedish. Chamberlain at the Swedish
Court. Son of Carl Fredrik Piper and
brother of Fredrik Thure Piper.
and Fredrik Thure PiperPiper, Fredrik Thure
(1741-1761). Swedish. Second
lieutenant. Son of Carl Fredrik Piper
and brother of Carl Gustaf Piper.
and did not dream of studying medicine, Lars AretinAretin, Lars (1717-1794).
Swedish. Doctor of medicine 1760,
assistent teacher (adjunct) at the
Faculty of Medicine, Lund. Accompanied
Linnaeus during some of his travelling
in Skåne.
, a man similar to the late Westerberg [Matthias WesterbergWesterberg, Matthias Swedish.
Student of medicine at Uppsala.
]. Linnaeus wonders what will become of medicine in Lund. Everybody can see what is happening, but nobody dares to speak up now that Carl HårlemanHårleman, Carl
(1700-1753). Swedish. Nobleman,
architect, royal superintendent.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is dead.

Johan Christian Petersen Petersen von HeidenstamísPetersen von Heidenstam, Johan
Christian
(1739-1774). Swedish.
Physician. Son of Peter Petersen von
Heidenstam.
dissertation [Dissertatio de cortice PeruvianoLinnaeus, Carl Dissertatio de
cortice Peruviano
, diss., resp. J.
C. Petersen von Heidenstam (Uppsala,
1758). Soulsby no. 1991.
] was written by his father [Peter Petersen von HeidenstamPetersen von Heidenstam, Peter
(1708-1783). Swedish.
Physician-in-ordinary to Adolf Fredrik.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] as the Germans usually do. It should have been changed all over, or left as it was, and its language is very inflated. If Linnaeus had changed anything, he would have been blamed for that, for Petersen is rather malicious. In the dissertation, it is said that the temperature increases in the higher parts of the country, which is quite opposite the truth, and other similar things.

Petersen would no doubt have said that Linnaeus had falsified his theses, if he had changed anything. Now, we can judge his wisdom from this dissertation. So, it will pass with all its errors, and it is already printed. Bäck need not fear that Linnaeus will stay with Petersen in Stockholm: Linnaeus would stay almost anywhere rather than with Petersen.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original (KVA). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 48-49   p.48  p.49.