(Born: Tübingen, Germany, 17 February 1673; Died: Tübingen, Germany, 6 February 1734) German physician.
Camerarius was professor of medicine at the University of Tübingen and brother of the botanist, Rudolph Jacob Camerarius [1665-1721].
Biographical references: Poggendorff: 1, col. 365.
1. Latin, 1712.
Eliæ Camerarii ... Dissertationes Taurinenses epistolicæ, physico-medicæ ... continentes annotationes in varia modernorum, Dn. de Noües cumprimis, ac Dn. Woodwardi scripta atque experimenta. Tubingæ, 1712.
8°: 376 p.
Rare. This is a collection of twenty letters, written during Camerarius' stay in Italy, while attending Prince Frederic-Louis de Württemberg, to whom he was personal doctor. Despite great scholarship and skepticism towards the work of others, Camerarius was an exceptionally credulous man who devoted himself zealously to mysticism and the secret arts, including alchemy. He opposed innovation and progress and was especially hostile to the iatrophysical methods then being developed for the treatment of disease. Among the letters published in this work is said to be one that annotates the geological theories on the origin of minerals and the earth of John Woodward, which was reissued in some editions of Woodward's geological books.
Bibliographical references: Eyles, V.A., "John Woodward, F.R.S., F.R.C.P., M.D. (1665-1728): a bio-bibliographical account of his life and work", Journal for the Society of the Bibliography of Natural History, 5, (1971), no. 6, 399-427, portrait, illus., biblio. LKG: XIII 27a.