Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550-1680

Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550-1680

by Andrew Wear, A. Wear
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521558271

ISBN-13: 9780521558273

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a major synthesis of the knowledge and practice of early modern English medicine, as expressed in vernacular texts set in their social and cultural contexts. The book vividly maps out some central areas: remedies (and how they were made credible), notions of disease, advice on preventive medicine and on healthy living, and how and why surgeons worked on the…  See more details below

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This is a major synthesis of the knowledge and practice of early modern English medicine, as expressed in vernacular texts set in their social and cultural contexts. The book vividly maps out some central areas: remedies (and how they were made credible), notions of disease, advice on preventive medicine and on healthy living, and how and why surgeons worked on the body. In particular, two of the most high-profile diseases of the age—the pox and the plague—are discussed in detail, and their treatment analyzed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521558273
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Setting the scene; 2. Remedies; 3. Diseases; 4. Preventive medicine: healthy lifestyles and healthy environments; 5. Surgery: the handwork of medicine; 6. Plague and medical knowledge; 7. The prevention and cure of plague; 8. Conflict and revolution in medicine; 9. The failure of the Helmontian revolution in the practice of medicine; 10. Changes and continuities.

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