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Describing Disappointment

Patients voices can be rather rare in the printed literature produced in early modern England. Case notes are, obviously, from the perspective of the medical practitioner.We therefore get a sense of when things have failed to work, but without the patients own explanations of how they felt about these failures. For example, in William Salmon’s …

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Marvelous Maltese Medicines

I have just got back from a lovely stay in Malta. I spent many hours learning about the military history of the Island, and went round the rather splendid Museum of the Knight’s Hospitallers. Although the museum doesn’t have very many historical objects, it uses dioramas and mannequins to paint a picture of the hospital …

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Mad Cats and Heavy Drinking

As some of your who follow me on twitter will know I have recently acquired a new research assistant – seen here on the right. He is a delight most of the time, but every now and then, as cats are wont to do, he likes to remind me who is boss, or let me …

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Medicinal Marsh Mallows

I must confess the title is perhaps a little bit ‘click bait’ in style. This post is sadly not about the soft pink and white sugary treats we are all familiar with, but about the plant marsh mallow, and its supposed medicinal qualities; although originally it was the mucilage from the roots of this plant …

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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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