The Medical World of Early Modern France

Hardcover | May 1, 1997

byLaurence Brockliss, Colin Jones

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The Medical World of Early Modern France recounts the history of medicine in France between the sixteenth century and the French Revolution. Physicians, surgeons and apothecaries are centre-stage, and the study provides an overview of long-term changes in their ideas about medicine and theircraft. Other denizens of the medical world - quacks, charlatans, wise women, midwives, herbalist and others - are also brought into the analysis, which is set within the broader context of social, economic, demographic and cultural change. The breadth of the chronological and analytical framework,and the depth of the archival research behind it, makes this a unique account of the evolution of medical ideas and practices in one of the major countries of early modern Europe.

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The Medical World of Early Modern France recounts the history of medicine in France between the sixteenth century and the French Revolution. Physicians, surgeons and apothecaries are centre-stage, and the study provides an overview of long-term changes in their ideas about medicine and theircraft. Other denizens of the medical world ...

Lawrence Brockliss is at Magdalen College, Oxford. Colin Jones is at University of Warwick.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:982 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.97 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198227507

ISBN - 13:9780198227502

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Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Beneath the Shadow of the Plague Death and Disease in French Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries Medical Doctrine The Corporative Medical Community in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries The Medical Penumbra The Sick and their Practitioners Part II: Beyond the Shadow of the Plague Death and Disease in the Eighteenth Century (c.1680-1789) The Medical Enlightenment The Corporative Medical Community in the Eighteenth Century The Rise of Surgery Medical Entrepreneurialism in the Enlightenment The Hospital in the Enlightenment Medicine and the Enlightenment State Conclusion: Beyond Mesmerism: The Scientization of Medicine and the Politicization of Health in the French Revolution

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`magisterial book ... Not only does the book provide a secure basis for comparison with England and other European countries, it also offers excellent general accounts of various aspects of early modern medicine ... Always the authors manage to combine a hugely wide scope with an impressivelevel of detail ... this is an invaluable book for anyone wishing to know more about the nature of health care in the early modern period, whether in France or elsewhere in Europe.'John Henry, University of Edinburgh, History, July 1999, vol 84, no 275