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This Mortal Coil

This Mortal Coil

A Census of Greek Medical Manuscripts: From Byzantium to the Renaissance

by Alain Touwaide

Manuscripts containing Greek medical texts were inventoried by author and work at the beginning of the 20th century by a group of philologists under the direction of Hermann Diels. Useful as it was - and will...


In the Bonesetter's Waiting Room: Travels Through Indian Medicine

by Aarathi Prasad

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

India defies definition, and the story of medicine in India is similarly rich and complex: shaped by unique challenges and opportunities, uniting cutting-edge technological developments...


A Royal Patient: Young Doctor Axel Munthe and Crown Princecss Victoria of Sweden-Norway

by Ingar Palmlund

A story about a young man who goes out into the world, meets trials, and finds a princess — so what’s new?

The young man is adventurous Axel Munthe from Stockholm, Sweden, desiring to become a doctor and...


The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician's Search for the Renewal of Medicine

by Abraham M. Nussbaum

Patients and doctors alike are keenly aware that the medical world is in the midst of great change. We live in an era of continuous healthcare reforms, many of which focus on high volume, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness....


Life and Limb

Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire

by John Slater & Maríaluz López-Terrada

Early modern Spain was a global empire in which a startling variety of medical cultures came into contact, and occasionally conflict, with one another. Spanish soldiers, ambassadors, missionaries, sailors, and...


Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West: Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle

by Anne Van Arsdall & Timothy Graham

Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West brings together eleven papers by leading scholars in ancient and medieval medicine and pharmacy. Fittingly, the volume honors Professor...


Medicine, Government and Public Health in Philip II's Spain: Shared Interests, Competing Authorities

by Michele L. Clouse

Bridging the gap between histories of medicine and political/institutional histories of the early modern crown, this book explores the relationship between one of the most highly bureaucratic regimes in early...


Birthing Bodies in Early Modern France: Stories of Gender and Reproduction

by Kirk D. Read

The pregnant, birthing, and nurturing body is a recurring topos in early modern French literature. Such bodies, often metaphors for issues and anxieties obtaining to the gendered control of social and political...


Health and Disease in Byzantine Crete (7th-12th centuries AD)

by Chryssi Bourbou

Daily life and living conditions in the Byzantine world are relatively underexplored subjects, often neglected in comparison with more visible aspects of Byzantine culture, such as works of art. The book is...


Anatomical Dissection in Enlightenment England and Beyond: Autopsy, Pathology and Display

by Piers Mitchell

Excavations of medical school and workhouse cemeteries undertaken in Britain in the last decade have unearthed fascinating new evidence for the way that bodies were dissected or autopsied in the eighteenth and...


The Body, Subject & Subjected: The Representation of the Body Itself, Illness, Injury, Treatment & Death in Spain and Indigenous and Hispanic American

by Debra D. Andrist

Hominids have always been obsessed with representing their own bodies. The first “selfies” were prehistoric negative hand images and human stick figures, followed by stone and ceramic representations of...


Fools and idiots?

Diagnosing Empire: Women, Medical Knowledge, and Colonial Mobility

by Narin Hassan

Examining the emerging figure of the woman doctor and her relationship to empire in Victorian culture, Narin Hassan traces both amateur and professional 'doctoring' by British women travelers in colonial India...


'Regimental Practice' by John Buchanan, M.D.: An Eighteenth-Century Medical Diary and Manual

by Paul Kopperman

In 1746, Dr John Buchanan, recently retired as a medical officer in the British Army, produced a manuscript entitled, 'Regimental Practice, or a Short History of Diseases common to His Majesties own Royal Regiment...


Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe

by Nancy S. Struever & Stephen Pender

Through close analysis of texts, cultural and civic communities, and intellectual history, the papers in this collection, for the first time, propose a dynamic relationship between rhetoric and medicine as discourses...


Ritual and Conflict: The Social Relations of Childbirth in Early Modern England

by Adrian Wilson

This book places childbirth in early-modern England within a wider network of social institutions and relationships. Starting with illegitimacy - the violation of the marital norm - it proceeds through marriage...


Sudden Death: Medicine and Religion in Eighteenth-Century Rome

by Maria Pia Donato

In 1705-1706, during the War of the Spanish Succession and two years after a devastating earthquake, an 'epidemic' of mysterious sudden deaths terrorized Rome. In early modern society, a sudden death was perceived...