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Bodies Politic: Disease, Death and Doctors in Britain, 1650-1900 (Picturing History Series) [Hardcover]

Roy Porter

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5 July 2001 Picturing History Series
This text takes a critical look at representations of the body, in death, disease and health, particularly in medical contexts, and images of the healing arts in Britain from the mid-17th to the beginning of the 20th century. The two key assumptions are that the human body is the chief signifier and communicator of all manner of meanings - religious, moral, political and medical alike - and that pre-scientific medicine was an art which depended heavily on performance, ritual, rhetoric and theatre.
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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st Edition edition (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801439531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801439537
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 16.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 858,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a surpassingly good book full of grotesques from the golden age of the satirical cartoon ... What fun!' -- Jad Adams, BBC History Magazine, November 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Tim Radford, The Guardian

"[A] wonderful book … [Porter] says in his introduction that he turned his eye from text to illustration and saw a new story to tell. There are 153 illustrations in this book, 32 in colour, and every one is an exultation in the fleshly horrors of the era."

Catherine Pepinster, The Independent on Sunday

"[A] riveting account … the great strength of this book lies in its use of visual material. Porter has made a fine attempt at helping us understand the past through caricature, illustrations and sketches as well as his own words. It is these images, by the likes of Cruikshank and Rowlandson, which make this such an excoriating account."

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, The Independent

"Porter is one of the world's best historical writers: his prose is pithy, witty, vivid, engaging and perfectly paced..The well-chose material - some edifying but most of it flesh-creepingly, sickeningly revolting - comes mainly from Porter's own beloved 18th century with some reference to the 19th … Roy Porter's book illuminates the past. Present trends make it also seem ominously prophetic."

Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph

"The book is handsomely printed, and the reproductions are of good quality - an essential requirement in a book of this kind. [Porter's} knowledge of the material is unrivalled, and when he writes in unadorned fashion of the careers of doctors, writers and artists, he could hardly be bettered… [Porter's} book may be read with great pleasure and profit."

Val Hennessy, Daily Mail

[a] magical history tour of illness and public attitudes to disease and doctors over the past 250 years … dense with thought-provoking reflections and makes you realise how very much we remain at the mercy of all-too fallible doctors." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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