By Andrew Wear
It is a significant synthesis of the data and perform of early smooth English medication, as expressed in vernacular texts set of their social and cultural contexts. The ebook vividly maps out a few significant components: treatments (and how they have been made credible), notions of sickness, recommendation on preventive drugs and on fit residing, and the way and why surgeons labored at the physique. particularly, of the main high-profile illnesses of the age--the pox and the plague--are mentioned intimately, and their remedy analyzed.
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This re¯ected university teaching where the student ®rst took an arts degree before going on to medicine. Money underpinned the intellectual basis of learned medicine. 80 79 80 James Primrose, Popular Errours Or the Errours of the People in Physick, trans. Robert Wittie (London, 1651), p. 20. John Securis, A Detection and Querimonie of the Daily Enormities and Abuses Commited in Physick (London, 1566), sigs. B1r ± v. Securis complained at B3r ± v: `doo you thynke to have in youre Englyshe Bookes, all the perfecte knowledge that is required in Physicke .
The court and the nobility also often intervened on behalf of empirics and further weakened the College's ability to police medical practice, on which see Clark, College of Physicians, vol. I. J. T. Lanning, The Royal Protomedicato. The Regulation of the Medical Professions in the Spanish Empire (Duke University Press, Durham, 1985); D. Gentilcore, Healers and Healing in Early Modern Italy (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1998); Gentilcore, ` ``All that 28 Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine The overall impression of English medicine in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is of a large number of different kinds of practitioners.
119. 51 As with modern free market ideology, the medical marketplace model can be overemphasised. It stresses economic imperatives and discounts the cultural forces that shaped medicine, especially religion, the most powerful ideology of the time. A free market attempts to expand to ®ll all possible niches, and yet dying, as is discussed below, was not medicalised but continued to be managed by religion. Similarly, the members of a free market know no ethical constraints or charitable impulses in the search for pro®t, but that was not always the case with early modern practitioners, as the concern with the poor and the example of the Helmontians, discussed in chapters 8 and 9, especially demonstrate.