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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. This book focuses on the ways that gender,...


Wounds in the Middle Ages

by Anne Kirkham & Cordelia Warr

This book focuses on the representation, perception and treatment of wounds in the Middle Ages. Contributors situate wounds within the context of religious belief before turning to theory, symbolism, and more...


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, Johnson argues that it also functions as an effective tool for redefining gender expectations....


History of Medicine: All That Matters

by Tim Hall

The History of Medicine is an amiable amble through medicine's past, designed as a primer for those taking history of medicine modules as part of their studies and for the wider public seeking a relaxed yet...


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. They have been dissected, autopsied, investigated, harvested for research and therapeutic purposes, collected...


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....


A Cretan Healer's Handbook in the Byzantine Tradition: Text, Translation and Commentary

by Patricia Ann Clark

This is an edition and translation of a traditional healer's notebook from Crete. It belongs to the genre of iatrosophia: practical manuals of collected healing wisdom with admixtures of agricultural and household...


Secrets and Knowledge in Medicine and Science, 1500-1800

by Elaine Leong & Alisha Rankin

Secrets played a central role in transformations in medical, alchemical, natural philosophical and commercial knowledge in early modern Europe. This volume brings together international scholars from a variety...


A History of Intelligence and 'Intellectual Disability': The Shaping of Psychology in Early Modern Europe

by C.F. Goodey

Autism, Down syndrome, and other such labels assume that "intellectual disability" is a permanent aspect of human nature. C.F. Goodey demonstrates that intellectual disability and even intelligence are instead...


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

by Chryssi Bourbou

This book is a pioneering publication on Greek Byzantine populations, opening a window on health status and dietary patterns through the lens of bioarchaeological research. Drawing on a diversity of disciplines...


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 processes in Egypt by the British colonial administration, which...


Ireland and Medicine in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

by James Kelly & Fiona Clark

This collection provides an exploration of the changes and developments in medicine as practised in Ireland and by Irish physicians studying and working abroad during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries....


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, Hassan traces both amateur and professional 'doctoring' by British women travelers in colonial India and...


Purity and Contamination in Late Victorian Detective Fiction

by Christopher Pittard

Concentrating on works by authors such as Fergus Hume, Grant Allen, L.T. Meade and Marie Belloc Lowndes, Pittard explores the complex relation between the emergence of detective fiction in the 1880s and 1890s...


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

by Mary McAlpin

In her study of the literature and medical treatises of Enlightenment France, McAlpin explores the belief that premature puberty in young urban girls signalled an increasing moral and physical degeneration....


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

In this innovative and ambitious study, Bernadette Höfer explores how Surin, Molière, Lafayette, and Racine reverse the Cartesian conception of the dominance of the rational and propose instead a dramatic...