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Maladies and Medicine: Exploring Health & Healing, 1540-1740

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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 humors and the ways that male and female bodies were conceptualized. It also explains the hierarchy of healers from university trained physicians, to the itinerant w ...more
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Published September 11th 2017 by Pen and Sword History
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Morris
I wanted to enjoy “Maladies and Medicine,” but it was a struggle to maintain focus and keep my mind from drifting. It’s way more technical than I was expecting and seemed aimed more at professionals than the average lay person. There were some interesting facts in the book, but I can’t recommend it.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Lil's Vintage World
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Kristine
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maladies and Medicine by Sara Read is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late July.

While being quite gross (in fact, I highly suggest that this not be read while snacking), Read describes a full spectrum of symptoms and conditions caused by a disruption of humours, bile, blood, and phlegm; for example, purges to treat epilepsy help to sweat out fit-causing slime, phlegm crowding around nerves releasing 'animal spirits,' toothaches being caused by suppressed worms inside of teeth, the heat of
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The Irregular Reader
Europe in the 1600s was a strange place to be. Science and empirical data were beginning to subsume old superstition. The invention of the microscope opened up a whole new world to human sight. Discoveries in physics, medicine, and other fields slowly brought Europe into the modern age. But for a time, superstition and science existed as awkward bedfellows. Doctors tried to balance the ancient medical theories of Galen and Hippocrates with new, scientifically gathered data. It is this awkward st ...more
Jennifer
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Calling all medical historians! I have a little gem here for you. In “Maladies & Medicine” the authors explore the most common complaints of this early modern period and what type of treatments were available to patients at the time. The book is organized in a similar way to how the medical textbooks of the time were arranged. There are four parts, head complaints, abdominal maladies, whole body ailments, and reproductive maladies. Each part is then broken down into common ailments such as heada ...more
Brooke
*Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review copy*

This head-to-toe guide to early modern medicine provides readers with an overview of the maladies and treatments people faced. It is clear that one's social class influenced one's chances of survival in many cases, but some diseases struck indiscriminately (even Elizabeth I was afflicted with smallpox). Of course, some treatments were so gruesome that perhaps it was better to hope for a quick death instead. Read and Evans also explain how the health lan
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Annette
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is very technical. I don’t see anyone enjoying it as a pleasure read nor using it for a serious medical research. The only use I can see for this book is as one of the sources when someone is writing a school paper.
G. Lawrence
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Didn't cover every disease/malady of the period, but I'm hoping there will be a sequel, as hinted at at the end. Informative, easy to read and pretty short at only 150-odd pages. Recommended.
Sarah
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Maladies and Medicine" gives a short overview over some of the most important and most well-known diseases of the early modern period. I liked learning more about the various diseases but the writing style wasn't really all that interesting and the chapters weren't really all that well structured.
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