Author Archives: Jennifer

Jennifer is a lecturer in History at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research focuses on gender, the body and medicine in early modern England. She has published in Social History of Medicine and Women's History Review. Her first book Aphrodisiacs, Fertility and Medicine in Early Modern England was published in 2014 in the Royal Historical Society Studies in History Series

Metaphorical Magnitude

In my current project on men’s sexual health (including genitourinary conditions and afflictions of the groin) I have been reading a lot of descriptions and case notes of testicular swellings and hernias. One of the things that has stood out to me and intrigued me is the use of comparisons to explain how big swellings …

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Medical Materials

A short while ago now I examined Alice Dolan’s excellent thesis on linen and its various roles in the life cycle. This got me thinking a bit more about the materials used in early modern medical recipes. We have seen these in various previous blog posts – like the hats made to cure headaches and …

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Perceptions of Pregnancy

UPDATE! THE BOOK IS NOW PUBLISHED! YAY! Available through all the usual channels. As many regular readers will know along with Ciara Meehan I have been working hard finalising the proofs for an edited collection exploring Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. We are very excited about the volume which looks …

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Science Mixtape

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be the guest on Soho Radio’s Science Mixtape with Matilda Hay. If you would like to listen to the show it is available as a podcast.    

Dead Useful II: operating on the dead

Not too long ago I wrote a post about corpse medicine; the use of parts of the dead body in medicines. This could take the form of Stroking lumps and bumps with the hand of a hanged man, or including mummified flesh in a remedy. But dead bodies weren’t only used as remedies, they were used to …

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