Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1800: A Sourcebook

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Peter Elmer, Ole Peter Grell
Manchester University Press, Mar 9, 2004 - History - 380 pages
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The period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment constitutes a vital phase in the history of European medicine. Elements of continuity with the classical and medieval past are evident in the ongoing importance of a humor-based view of medicine and the treatment of illness. At the same time, new theories of the body emerged in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to challenge established ideas in medical circles. In recent years, scholars have explored this terrain with increasingly fascinating results, often revising our previous understanding of the ways in which early modern Europeans discussed the body, health and disease. In order to understand these and related processes, historians are increasingly aware of the way in which every aspect of medical care and provision in early modern Europe was shaped by the social, religious, political and cultural concerns of the age.
  

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Contents

Part two The sick body and its healers 15001700
30
Vesalius medical humanism
58
Part four Medicine and religion in sixteenthcentury
84
Part five Chemical medicine and the challenge
111
hospitals
140
London 1653
161
Part seven New models of the body 16001800
173
George Cheyne
185
social change in Georgian England
226
Protestant Haina and Catholic Wiirzburg
243
Part ten War and medicine in early modern Europe
256
Observations on the Diseases of the Army 1764
271
Luton 1788
301
colonialism
313
Part thirteen Medical organisation training
346
Index
373

Part eight Women and medicine in early modern
203
seventeenth century
220

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About the author (2004)

Peter Elmer is Senior Lecturer of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, The Open University.

Olé Peter Grell is Lecturer in Early Modern History, The Open University.

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