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Cultural Approaches to the History of Medicine

Mediating Medicine in Early Modern and Modern Europe

Cultural Approaches to the History of Medicine by Cornelie Usborne
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This is a pioneering contribution to the cultural history of medicine offering a careful reconstruction of the complex web of communications and re-configurations involved in the weave of medicine in the past. International scholars explore issues as diverse as heart dissection, childbirth, masturbation, animal care, hermaphroditism, orthopaedics, 'miracle' drugs, smallpox and sex advice in different European cultures from the 1600s to the present day. But they all explore the role of mediation: how information about sickness was shaped and exchanged by various means ranging from hagiographies, almanacs to private letters and newspapers. Mediation could achieve reconcilation in the encounter between a patient and a doctor or healer, but could also be an instrument of authority and domination, or conversely, of resistance and liberation.
A brilliant, substantial foreword by Roy Porter and a thoughtful afterword by Matthew Ramsey convey the methodological significance as well as the pleasure of these essays.
Palgrave Macmillan; December 2003
272 pages; ISBN 9780230287594
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Title: Cultural Approaches to the History of Medicine
Author: Cornelie Usborne; Willem de Blécourt
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