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Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe



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Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe offers students a concise introduction to health and healing in Europe from 1500 to 1800. Bringing together the best recent research in the field, Mary Lindemann examines medicine from a social and cultural perspective, rather than a narrowly scientific one. Drawing on medical anthropology, sociology and ethics as well as cultural and social history, she focuses on the experience of illness and on patients and folk healers as much as on the rise of medical science, doctors and hospitals. This second edition has been updated and revised throughout in content, style, and interpretations and new material has been added, in particular, on colonialism, exploration and women. Accessibly written and full of fascinating insights, this will be essential reading for all students of the history of medicine and will provide invaluable context for students of early modern Europe more generally.

Author Biography

Mary Lindemann is Professor of History at the University of Miami. Her publications include Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (1996), which was awarded the 1998 William Welch Book Medal Prize by the American Association for the History of Medicine.

Table of Contents

List of figuresp. x
List of tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Sickness and healthp. 11
Plagues and peoplesp. 50
Learned medicinep. 84
Learning to healp. 121
Hospitals and asylumsp. 157
Health and societyp. 193
Healingp. 235
Conclusionp. 281
Further readingp. 284
Indexp. 294
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