Religio Medici: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England

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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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Explores the interface between early-modern medicine and religion in 17 essays, the most extensive examining Sir Thomas Browne's "Religion Medici" (1642). Other topics include astrological medicine, institutional structures and personal belief in the London College of Physicians, the physiology of reading and the anatomy of enthusiasm, the theology of affliction and the experience of sickness in the godly family 1650-1714, Newtonianism, and why drinking water cured the plague. Distributed in the US by Ashgate. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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)

Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: Medicine and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England 1
2 Sir Thomas Browne and his Religio Medici: Reason, Nature and Religion 12
3 The Career of Astrological Medicine in England 62
4 Institutional Structures and Personal Belief in the London College of Physicians 91
5 Anatomist Atheist? The 'Hylozoistic' Foundations of Francis Glisson's Anatomical Research 115
6 The Physiology of Reading and the Anatomy of Enthusiasm 136
7 Piety, Physic and Prodigious Abstinence 171
8 Plague, Prayer and Physic: Helmontian Medicine in Restoration England 204
9 Of Physic and Philosophy: Anne Conway, F. M. van Helmont and Seventeenth-Century Medicine 228
10 The Reluctant Philanthropist: Robert Boyle and the 'Communication of Secrets and Receits in Physick' 247
11 The Theology of Affliction and the Experience of Sickness in the Godly Family, 1650-1714: The Henrys and the Newcomes 273
12 Newtonianism, Medicine and Religion 293
13 Quackery and Enthusiasm, or Why Drinking Water Cured the Plague 313
Index 341
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