Book Launch

Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health and Healing, 1540-1740 (Pen & Sword Books) by Jennifer Evans and Sara Read Today people rely on the NHS to provide health care and treatments when they are unwell. But what did people do centuries before the welfare state? Join us to celebrate the release of a richly researched new …

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Finding your Feet

I am currently reading the diary of Richard Kay a doctor in Lancashire born in 1716 and practicing medicine, with this father, in the 1740s (you can find out more about Richard and his family here). Kay’s diary is interesting for a number of reasons including the details he provides about family rallying around when …

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Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine On Offer

Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England is now available for ¬£35. To make a purchase on the Boydell and Brewer website¬†just enter offer code BB401 at the checkout. A discount flyer and order form can also be found here – click the link and then click on ‘aphrodisiacs 2017’ which appears at the …

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Maladies & Medicine

Maladies and Medicine offers a lively exploration of health and medical cures in early modern England. The introduction sets out the background in which the body was understood, covering the theory of the four humours and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualised. It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained …

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Toy shop Treatments

I have always been intrigued reading 17th and 18th century newspaper advertisements for medical remedies by the locations in which these products were sold and from whom they could be purchased. Looking at the drugs advertised in almanacs Louise Hill Curth has argued that patent and proprietary drugs – those with a name sold as …

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