This volume contains a comprehensive selection of classical writing and up-to-date research in the field as well as extracts from contemporary sources, providing vivid and detailed accounts of some of the key aspects of medical thought and practice in the period.
Health, disease and society in Europe 1500-1800 considers how the body was viewed by the medical profession from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, and challenges established ideas in the field of medical history. It examines the provision of medical care in context and how it was shaped by the social, religious, political and cultural concerns of the age.
Arranged thematically and with accessible but scholarly introductions, the selection of documents includes contemporary sources, recent research in the field and classical writings.
1. Medical practice and theory: The classical and medieval heritage
2. The sick body and its healers, 1500–1700
3. The medical renaissance of the sixteenth century: Vesalius, medical humanism and bloodletting
4. Medicine and religion in sixteenth-century Europe
5. Chemical medicine and the challenge to Galenism: The legacy of Paracelsus
6. Charity, the state and public health in early modern Europe
7. New models of the body, 1600–1800
8. Women and medicine in early modern Europe
9. The care and cure of the insane in early modern Europe
10. War and medicine in early modern Europe
11. Environment, health and population, 1500–1800
12. European medicine in the age of colonialism
13. Medical organisation, training and the medical marketplace in eighteenth-century Europe