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The Healing Arts: Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1500-1800 [Paperback]

Peter Elmer
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29 Jan 2004
The period from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment constitutes a vital phase in the history of European medicine. Elements of continuity with the classical and medieval past are evident in the persistence of a humoural-based view of the body and of illness. As the same time new theories of the body emerged to challenge established ideas in medical circles. In recent years, scholars have explored this terrain with increasingly fascinating results, often revising our previous understanding of issues relating to the way in which early modern Europeans discussed the body, health and disease. In order to understand these and related processes, historians are increasingly aware of the way in which every aspect of medical care and provision in early modern Europe was shaped by the social, religious, political and cultural concerns of the age. In this volume of original essays, established scholars in the social history of medicine explore these developments and provide a readily accessible overview of current thinking on a wide range of medical themes and topics. Chapters include detailed discussion of theories of the body, changing perceptions of disease, the measures used to combat epidemics, colonial and military medicine and the relationship between patients and practitioners. The book should appeal to students, teachers, health workers and the general reader who wishes to develop a cricial awareness of medicine in the past. The essays are complemented by a selection of primary and secondary readings in the companion volume "Health, Disease and Society 1500-1800: A Sourcebook".

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; 1st edition (29 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719067340
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719067341
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Elmer is Senior Lecturer of History of Science, Technology and Medicine at The Open University

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5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all 25 May 2013
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I was researching a lecture on a medieval/17th century barber surgeon and this book provided excellent background information. If this is what you need, this book will do it nicely.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Book badly marked 15 Aug 2013
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Whilst I have purchased many second hand books through Amazon, I have never been sent one previously that had been so badly marked. Clearly used by a previous OU student it had highlighting on almost every page for more than half the book and in addition had marginal notes in pen.
Having said that the book was at least readable through the distraction of the previous useers notes.
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