Printed Writings 1641-1700: Part One - Volume 4: Writings on Medicine

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The discovery and reexamination of women authors has been a key part of the emergence of early modern women's studies, but a major problem has been the inaccessibility of the texts themselves. This series is designed to make available a comprehensive collection of writings in English from 1500-1700, both by women and for and about them. Each text is preceded by a short introduction providing an overview of the life and work of the writer along with a survey of important scholarship. The series will be published in two sections, covering 1500-1640 and 1641-1700, and complimented by a separate facsimile series of essential works and original monographs. This section covers the period of 1641-1700.
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These four reproduced works represent the only known medical texts written by women during the Restoration. In the introduction, Cody (whose affiliation is unspecified but who has a journal article cited) explains how they challenge assumptions about women healers in this period. Jane Sharpe's 418-page , the earliest such manual written by a woman in England, is said to hold up well to modern books on the subject. Elizabeth Cellier proposed creating a College of Midwives. In , Mary Trye defended treating patients with medicines rather than by bleeding. (1643) satirizes stereotypes about the profession. Readability of the facsimiles varies considerably. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754602149
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Early Modern Englishwoman Series
  • Pages: 638
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Note
The Midwives Book. Or the whole Art of Midwifry Discovered
To Dr.--An Answer to his Queries, concerning the Colledg of Midwives 'A Scheme for the Foundation of a Royal Hospital'
Medicatrix, or The Woman-Physician
Appendix The Mid-wives just Petition: Or, A complaint of the divers good Gentlewomen of that faculty
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