Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe / Edition 2

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Overview

Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe offers students a concise introduction to health and healing in Europe from 1500 to 1800. Bringing together the best recent research in the field, Mary Lindemann examines medicine from a social and cultural perspective, rather than a narrowly scientific one. Drawing on medical anthropology, sociology, and ethics, as well as cultural and social history, she focuses on the experience of illness and on patients and folk healers as much as on the rise of medical science, doctors, and hospitals. This second edition has been updated and revised throughout in content, style, and interpretations, and new material has been added, in particular, on colonialism, exploration, and women. Accessibly written and full of fascinating insights, this will be essential reading for all students of the history of medicine and will provide invaluable context for students of early modern Europe more generally.

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"Recommended." -Choice

"...valuable resource and should be on the reading lists of relevant courses." -Sara Read, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521732567
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/16/2010
  • Series: New Approaches to European History Series , #44
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,293,585
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Lindemann is Professor of History at the University of Miami. Her publications include Health and Healing in Early Modern Germany (1996) which was awarded the 1998 William Welch Book Medal Prize by the American Association for the History of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

List of figures x

List of tables xi

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction 1

1 Sickness and health 11

2 Plagues and peoples 50

3 Learned medicine 84

4 Learning to heal 121

5 Hospitals and asylums 157

6 Health and society 193

7 Healing 235

Conclusion 281

Further reading 284

Index 294

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