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Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550–1680

Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550–1680 by Andrew Wear
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This is a major synthesis of the knowledge and practice of early modern English medicine in its social and cultural contexts. The book vividly maps out some central areas: remedies (and how they were made credible), notions of disease, advice on preventive medicine and on healthy living, and how surgeons worked upon the body and their understanding of what they were doing. The structures of practice and knowledge examined in the first part of the book came to be challenged in the later seventeenth century, when the 'new science' began to overturn the foundation of established knowledge. However, as the second part of the book shows, traditional medical practice was so well entrenched in English culture that much of it continued into the eighteenth century. Various changes did however occur, which set the agenda for later medical treatment and which are discussed in the final chapter.
Cambridge University Press; November 2000
506 pages; ISBN 9780511038020
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Title: Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550–1680
Author: Andrew Wear
 
ISBNs
051103802X
9780511038020
9780521552264