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Healing Arts Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1800

ISBN-10: 0719067340
ISBN-13: 9780719067341
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 1/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

This volume explores the period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, which constitutes a vital phase in the history of European medicine, not least because of the way in which medical care and provision was shaped by the social, religious, political and cultural concerns of the age.

Preface
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Medicine in western Europe in 1500
Introduction
Rome and Europe in 1500
The organization of medical practice
The medical knowledge of the ancient Greeks
The making of the learned doctor in medieval Europe
Christianity and healing
The old and the new
Conclusion
The sick and their healers
Introduction
Medical care: its economy and control
The maintenance of health
Women as healers
Leonardo Fioravanti: a sixteenth-century itinerant healer
Barber-surgeons, surgeons and apothecaries
The skills and career of a physician: Girolamo Cardano
Conclusion
The medical renaissance of the sixteenth century: Vesalius, medical humanism and bloodletting
Introduction
The Renaissance and medical humanism
Bloodletting
Humanism, bloodletting and a new medical controversy
Andreas Vesalius
The Fabrica
Vesalius' legacy
Medicine and religion in sixteenth-century Europe
Introduction
Medicine and religion in the later Middle Ages
Medicine and the Reformation
The Reformation, the Counter-Reformation and attitudes to popular and sacred healing
Paracelsus and Paracelsianism
Religion and epidemics
Health care
Conclusion
Chemical medicine and the challenge to Galenism: the legacy of Paracelsus, 1560-1700
Introduction
The Paracelsian revolution, 1560-1640
The new challenge of Helmontianism, 1650-1700
Conclusion
Policies of health: diseases, poverty and hospitals
Introduction
Diseases and society
Hospitals
Public health in the eighteenth century: the Habsburg territories and the German lands
Conclusion
Old and new models of the body
Introduction
Harvey and the circulation of the blood
The mechanical body
Glands everywhere: the body according to Malpighi
The body expressed in numbers
The power of patients
The sensible body
Conclusion
Women and medicine
Introduction
A different body?
Questions of generation
Childbirth: from female ceremony to male medical practice
Conclusion
The care and cure of mental illness
Introduction
Richard Napier and his patients: a case study
Caring for the mad in eighteenth-century Europe: a 'psychiatric dark age'?
Conclusion
War, medicine and the military revolution
Introduction
Changes to warfare in the early modern period
New wounds and old diseases
Surgical treatment of gunshot wounds
Wounds to the head and the disappearance of the helmet
Treatment of burns
Amputations
Foot rot and shell shock
Scurvy
Hygiene
Military hospitals
Conclusion
Environment, health and population
Introduction
Airs, waters, places
Analysing places, analysing populations
Changing populations? The case of inoculation
Changing places? Hygiene and improvement
Conclusion
Medicine and health in the age of European colonialism
Introduction
The biological effects of European colonialism
Climate, place and health
Perceptions of health and new environments in the early English settlements of North America
Systems of medical care in the Spanish and English colonies
Remedies and medical contact between the old and new worlds
The exchange of medical knowledge
Medicine and slavery
Conclusion
Organization, training and the medical marketplace in the eighteenth century
Introduction
The organization of licensed medical practice
The distribution of licensed medical practitioners: the case of France
Medical training
The medical marketplace
Conclusion
Glossary
Index

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