The Medical World of Early Modern France

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This is a unique history of French medicine between the sixteenth cent ury and the French Revolution. Brockliss focuses on physicians, surgeo ns, and apothecaries, providing an overview of long-term changes in th eir ideas about medicine and their craft. But he also discusses other denizens of the medical world— quacks, charlatans, wise women, midwiv es, herbalist and others—setting them within the broader context of s ocial, economic, demographic, and cultural change.

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Historians from Oxford and Warwick Universities explore the medical ideas, practices and practitioners in France between the 16th and the late 18th centuries, during which time the number of doctors increased from around 5,000 to over 30,000. They draw on a wide range of archival and printed sources to offer a panoramic view of the profession, and also include other health providers, learned and unlettered alike, such as quacks, remedy-sellers, herbalists, dentists, herniotomists, religious sisters, charitable ladies, and wise women. They trace the evolution of ideas from Nostradamus to Bichat, from Ambroise Par<'e> to Larrey, and from Louise Bourgeois to Madame du Coudray. Lightly illustrated. Of interest to historians of the country, the period, or the profession. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198227502
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/3/1997
  • Pages: 984
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.99 (d)

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Magdalen College, Oxford

University of Warwick

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Biographical Note
A Note on Presentation
A Note on Exchange Rates
Introduction. Towards a New Medical History of Early Modern France 1
1 Death and Disease in French Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 37
2 Medical Doctrine 85
3 The Corporative Medical Community in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 170
4 The Medical Penumbra 230
5 The Sick and their Practitioners 284
6 Death and Disease in the Eighteenth Century (c. 1680-1789) 347
7 The Medical Enlightenment 411
8 The Corporative Medical Community in the Eighteenth Century 480
9 The Rise of Surgery 553
10 Medical Entrepreneuralism in the Enlightenment 622
11 The Hospital in the Enlightenment 671
12 Medicine and the Enlightenment State 730
Conclusion. Beyond Mesmerism: The Scientization of Medicine and the Politicization of Health in the French Revolution 783
Bibliography 835
Index 897
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