Religio Medici: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England

Religio Medici: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England

by Ole Peter Grell
     
 

The important developments in medical theory, practice and organization that took place in the seventeenth century were heavily influenced by the religious and politico-religious upheavals which destabilized English society throughout the entire period. Although experimental investigation, rationality and professional medical institutions rose and flourished, so too… See more details below

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The important developments in medical theory, practice and organization that took place in the seventeenth century were heavily influenced by the religious and politico-religious upheavals which destabilized English society throughout the entire period. Although experimental investigation, rationality and professional medical institutions rose and flourished, so too did astrology, mysticism and straightforward quackery. Further, all these contending approaches were competing and combining in a time of dynastic flux, civil war and Restoration, and, of course, plague. This book addresses all of these matters, from the enlightened reason of Thomas Browne's Religio Medici to the arcana of astrological medicine, from the research dilemmas of Robert Boyle to the guile and dishonesty of the quacks of plagued London. It presents a complex and difficult story with authority and clarity and will be invaluable reading for historians of medicine and science, and students of religion and society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859283394
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.49(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

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List of Contributors
1Introduction: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England1
2Sir Thomas Browne and his Religio Medici: Reason, Nature and Religion12
3The Career of Astrological Medicine in England62
4Institutional Structures and Personal Belief in the London College of Physicians91
5Anatomist Atheist? The 'Hylozoistic' Foundations of Francis Glisson's Anatomical Research115
6The Physiology of Reading and the Anatomy of Enthusiasm136
7Piety, Physic and Prodigious Abstinence171
8Plague, Prayer and Physic: Helmontian Medicine in Restoration England204
9Of Physic and Philosophy: Anne Conway, F. M. van Helmont and Seventeenth-Century Medicine228
10The Reluctant Philanthropist: Robert Boyle and the 'Communication of Secrets and Receits in Physick'247
11The Theology of Affliction and the Experience of Sickness in the Godly Family, 1650-1714: The Henrys and the Newcomes273
12Newtonianism, Medicine and Religion293
13Quackery and Enthusiasm, or Why Drinking Water Cured the Plague313
Index341

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