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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...


Medical Cultures of the Early Modern Spanish Empire

by John Slater & Maríaluz López-Terrada

As the Spanish empire grew, cultural ideas and practices related to sickness and health, sex, monstrosity and death came into contact and conflict. Old ideas took root in new soil, others were stamped out, and...


Gendered Drugs and Medicine: Historical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives

by Teresa Ortiz-Gómez & María| Jesús Santesmases

Drugs are considered to be healers and harmers, wonder substances and knowledge makers; objects that impact on social hierarchies, health practices and public policies. As a collective endeavour, this book focuses...


Staging Women and the Soul-Body Dynamic in Early Modern England

by Sarah E. Johnson

Though the gender-coded soul-body dynamic lies at the root of many negative and disempowering depictions of women, Sarah Johnson here argues that it also functions as an effective tool for redefining gender...


Should A Doctor Tell?: The Evolution of Medical Confidentiality in Britain

by Angus H. Ferguson

Medical confidentiality has long been recognised as a core element of medical ethics, but its boundaries are under constant negotiation. Areas of debate in twenty-first century medicine include the use of patient-identifiable...


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...


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 Divided: Human Beings and Human 'Material' in Modern Medical History

by Sarah Ferber & Sally Wilde

Bodies and body parts of the dead have long been considered valuable material for use in medical science. Over time and in different places, they have been dissected, autopsied, investigated, harvested for research...


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...


Nursing before Nightingale, 1815-1899

by Carol Helmstadter & Judith Godden

Nursing Before Nightingale is a study of the transformation of nursing in England from the beginning of the nineteenth century until the emergence of the Nightingale nurse as the standard model in the 1890s....


Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500-1800

by Elaine Leong & Alisha Rankin

Secrets played a central role in transformations in medical and scientific knowledge in early modern Europe. As a new fascination with novelty began to take hold from the late fifteenth century, Europeans thirsted...


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...


Gender and the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt

by Hibba Abugideiri

Gender and the Making of Modern Medicine in Colonial Egypt investigates the use of medicine as a 'tool of empire' to serve the state building process in Egypt by the British colonial administration. It argues...


Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

by James Kelly & Fiona Clark

The story of early modern medicine, with its extremes of scientific brilliance and barbaric practice, has long held a fascination for scholars. The great discoveries of Harvey and Jenner sit incongruously with...


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...


Purity and Contamination in Late Victorian Detective Fiction

by Christopher Pittard

Concentrating on works by authors such as Fergus Hume, Arthur Conan Doyle, Grant Allen, L.T. Meade, and Marie Belloc Lowndes, Christopher Pittard explores the complex relation between the emergence of detective...


Female Sexuality and Cultural Degradation in Enlightenment France: Medicine and Literature

by Mary McAlpin

In her study of eighteenth-century literature and medical treatises, Mary McAlpin takes up the widespread belief among cultural philosophers of the French Enlightenment that society was gravely endangered by...


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...


Psychosomatic Disorders in Seventeenth-Century French Literature

by Bernadette Höfer

Bernadette Höfer's innovative and ambitious monograph argues that the epistemology of the Cartesian mind/body dualism, and its insistence on the primacy of analytic thought over bodily function, has surprisingly...


Frankincense & Myrrh

by Martin Watt & Wanda Sellar

The story of frankincense and myrrh runs in tandem with man's evolution. Their use in so many varied ways has accompanied man and woman through the uncertain and often stormy path of life.

Once prized as highly...