Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740

Sara Read Jennifer Evans


Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740

Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740

  • Title: Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740
  • Author: Sara Read Jennifer Evans
  • ISBN: 9781473875715
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback



Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humors and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualized It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained physicians, to the itinerant wMaladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humors and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualized It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained physicians, to the itinerant women healers who traveled the country offering cures based on inherited knowledge of homemade remedies It covers the print explosion of medical health guides, which began to appear in the sixteenth century from academic medical text books to cheap almanacs The book has twenty chapters covering attitudes towards, and explanations of some of, the most common diseases and medical conditions in the period and the ways people understood them, along with the steps people took to get better It explores the body from head to toe, from migraines to gout It was an era when tooth cavities were thought to be caused by tiny worms and smallpox by an inflammation of the blood, and cures ranged from herbal potions, cooling cordials, blistering the skin, and of course letting blood Case studies and personal anecdotes taken from doctors notes, personal journals, diaries, letters and even court records show the reactions of individuals to their illnesses and treatments, bringing the reader into close proximity with people who lived around 400 years ago This fascinating and richly illustrated study will appeal to anyone curious about the history of the body and the way our ancestors lived.


Recent Comments "Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740"

I wanted to enjoy “Maladies and Medicine,” but it was a struggle to maintain focus and keep my mind from drifting. It’s way more technical than I was expecting and seemed aimed more at professionals than the average lay person. There were some interesting facts in the book, but I can’t recommend it.This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

Maladies and Medicine by Sara Read is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July.While being quite gross (in fact, I highly suggest that this not be read while snacking), Read describes a full spectrum of symptoms and conditions caused by a disruption of humours, bile, blood, and phlegm; for example, purges to treat epilepsy help to sweat out fit-causing slime, phlegm crowding around nerves releasing 'animal spirits,' toothaches being caused by suppressed worms inside of teeth, the heat of [...]

Europe in the 1600s was a strange place to be. Science and empirical data were beginning to subsume old superstition. The invention of the microscope opened up a whole new world to human sight. Discoveries in physics, medicine, and other fields slowly brought Europe into the modern age. But for a time, superstition and science existed as awkward bedfellows. Doctors tried to balance the ancient medical theories of Galen and Hippocrates with new, scientifically gathered data. It is this awkward st [...]

*Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review copy*This head-to-toe guide to early modern medicine provides readers with an overview of the maladies and treatments people faced. It is clear that one's social class influenced one's chances of survival in many cases, but some diseases struck indiscriminately (even Elizabeth I was afflicted with smallpox). Of course, some treatments were so gruesome that perhaps it was better to hope for a quick death instead. Read and Evans also explain how the health [...]

This book is very technical. I don’t see anyone enjoying it as a pleasure read nor using it for a serious medical research. The only use I can see for this book is as one of the sources when someone is writing a school paper.

Great read. Didn't cover every disease/malady of the period, but I'm hoping there will be a sequel, as hinted at at the end. Informative, easy to read and pretty short at only 150-odd pages. Recommended.


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