Experiencing Illness and the Sick Body in Early Modern Europe by M. StolbergExperiencing Illness and the Sick Body in Early Modern Europe by M. Stolberg

Experiencing Illness and the Sick Body in Early Modern Europe

byM. Stolberg

Hardcover | November 8, 2011

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Based on thousands of letters written by patients and their relatives and on a wide range of other sources, this book provides the first comprehensive account of how early modern people understood, experienced and dealt with common diseases and how they dealt with them on a day-to-day basis.
MICHAEL STOLBERG was trained as both an historian and a physician. He has worked in Germany, Italy and the UK and, since 2004, has been chair of History of Medicine at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He has published widely on the historical anthropology of illness and the body and on the theory and practice of learned medicine in...
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Title:Experiencing Illness and the Sick Body in Early Modern EuropeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230243436

ISBN - 13:9780230243439

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Table of Contents

Some Thoughts on Theory Sources Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: ILLNESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE The Concern for Oneself Disease and the Self The Experience of Pain The Search for Meaning: Religion, Witchcraft and Astrology The Search for Meaning: Illness, Way of Life and Biography The Narrative Reconstruction of Personal History Anxieties The Physician's Audience: Illness and the Bedside Community Nursing Care The Medical Marketplace The Doctor-Patient Relationship PART II: PERCEPTIONS AND INTERPRETATIONS Medical Popularization From Temperament to Character Plethora and Apoplexy Fluxes, Gout and Rheumatism 'Gichter' and Cramps Acrimonies Red Murrain (Erysipelas) Scurvy The Therapy of Acrimonies Miasms and Contagia: Plague, French Disease and English Sweat Indigestion, Winds and Slime Obstruction and Disrupted Excretion Stagnation and Deposits Cancer Pathological Heat Vapors Fever Consumption and Consumptive Fever Expenditure and Exhaustion Dropsy Seminal Economy PART III: DOMINANT DISCOURSE AND THE EXPERIENCE OF DISEASE The Sensible Body A New Disease: the Vapors Historical Roots: 'Vapores', Hypochondria and Hysteria The Rise of the Nerves Embodiment Critique of Civilization The Sensible Woman The Cult of Sensibility Illness as Protest Conclusion: A New Bourgeois Habitus Manuscript Sources Printed Sources

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'Stolberg's compelling study demonstrates the vitality of the social history of medicine, and shows that it is possible to capture the sensations of the sick in past centuries.' - Hannah Newton, University of Cambridge, Social History of Medicine