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Author Wear, A. (Andrew), 1946-

Title Knowledge and practice in early modern English medicine, 1550-1680 / Andrew Wear
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 496 pages)
Contents Setting the scene -- Remedies -- Diseases -- Preventive medicine: healthy lifestyles and healthy environments -- Surgery: the hand work of medicine -- Plague and medical knowledge -- The prevention and cure of the plague -- Conflict and revolution in medicine: the Helmontians -- The failure of the Helmontian revolution in practical medicine -- Changes and continuities
Summary Annotation This is a major synthesis of the knowledge and practice of early modern English medicine, as expressed in vernacular texts set in their social and cultural contexts. The book vividly maps out some central areas: remedies (and how they were made credible), notions of disease, advice on preventive medicine and on healthy living, and how and why surgeons worked on the body. In particular, two of the most high-profile diseases of the age--the pox and the plague--are discussed in detail, and their treatment analyzed
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Medicine -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Medicine -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice.
History, Early Modern 1451-1600.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 00022600
ISBN 0511017618 (electronic bk.)
0511116292 (electronic bk.)
0511612761 (electronic bk.)
9780511017612 (electronic bk.)
9780511116292 (electronic bk.)
9780511612763 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Knowledge & practice in English medicine, 1550-1680