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Physick and the family : health, medicine and care in Wales, 1600-1750 /
Alun Withey.
imprint
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2011.
description
xii, 240 p. : ill, map, facsim. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0719085462, 9780719085468
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Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2011.
isbn
0719085462
9780719085468
contents note
Part 1. Disease and martality in early modern Wales -- Part 2. Medical knowledge in early modern Wales -- Part 3. Domestic sickness and care in the Welsh home.
catalogue key
8348132
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [211]-236) and index.
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Short-listed for 2013 the Longman / History Today Book of the Year award
'Alun Withey's first book is a wide-ranging and spirited, yet also rounded and original contribution to the social history of British...Withey has achieved more than enough already in this valuable and often fascinating book.'Robert Allan Houston, Social History of Medicine, vol 25, no 3,'This very welcome book is brimming full of suggestions setting medical history in a rich new context. It will also give historians of Wales itself and their students plenty to think about, and to argue with. The bibliography is excellent.'Michael Roberts, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 2012, 86
Alun Withey's first book is a wide-ranging and spirited, yet also rounded and original contribution to the social history of British...Withey has achieved more than enough already in this valuable and often fascinating book.Robert Allan Houston, Social History of Medicine, vol 25, no 3,
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Summaries
Main Description
Physick and the Family offers new insights into the early modern sickness experience, through a study of the medical history of Wales. This first-ever monograph of early modern Welsh medicine utilizes a large body of newly discovered source material, numerous approaches, and methodologies and makes a significant contribution to debates in medical history; including economies of knowledge, domestic medicine and care, material culture, and the rural medical marketplace. Drawing on sources from probates to parish records, diaries to domestic remedy collections, Withey offers new directions for recovering the often obscure medical worldview of the "ordinary" person.This innovative study will appeal to anyone interested in the social history of the early modern period. Its multi-disciplinary approach will appeal to a broad spectrum of academics and scholars, and will enhance a range of courses and modules, both in medical history and in social history more widely.
Main Description
Physick and the Family offers new insights into the early modern sickness experience, through a study of the medical history of Wales. This first-ever monograph of early modern Welsh medicine utilizes a large body of newly discovered source material, numerous approaches, and methodologies and makes a significant contribution to debates in medical history; including economies of knowledge, domestic medicine and care, material culture, and the rural medical marketplace. Drawing on sources from probates to parish records, diaries to domestic remedy collections, Withey offers new directions for recovering the often obscure medical worldview of the "ordinary" person. This innovative study will appeal to anyone interested in the social history of the early modern period. Its multi-disciplinary approach will appeal to a broad spectrum of academics and scholars, and will enhance a range of courses and modules, both in medical history and in social history more widely.
Main Description
*Physick and the family* offers new insights into the early modern sickness experience, through a study of the medical history of Wales. This first ever monograph of early modern Welsh medicine utilises a large body of newly discovered source material, numerous approaches and methodologies and makes a significant contribution to debates in medical history; including economies of knowledge, domestic medicine and care, material culture and the rural medical marketplace. Drawing on sources from probates to parish records, diaries to domestic remedy collections, Withey offers new directions for recovering the often obscure medical worldview of the 'ordinary' person.This innovative study will appeal to anyone interested in the social history of the early modern period. Its multi-disciplinary approach will appeal to a broad spectrum of academics and scholars, and will enhance a range of courses and modules both in medical history and in social history more widely.
Main Description
Physick and the family offers new insights into the early modern experience of illness, medicine and care, through a study of the medical history of seventeenth-century Wales. Withey draws upon an extensive body of largely unexplored source material, as well as a number of different approaches and methodologies, to make a significant contribution to many areas of debate in medical history. How did people obtain and disseminate medical knowledge in early modern Britain? What was the impact of literacy? How was this further affected by a language barrier? How well equipped was the early modern household to prepare medicines? Likewise, who was responsible for caring for the sick, both in the home and the community? In addressing such questions, this book ranges across important themes such as literacy and language, the scope of medical knowledge, domestic medicine and the rural medical marketplace. Using a wealth of sources, from probate inventories to parish records and diaries to domestic remedy collections, it seeks to recover the hitherto neglected medical worldview of the 'ordinary' person. This innovative study will speak to a broad spectrum of academics and scholars not only of medical history, but of the wider social history of the early modern period. Alun Withey is a lecturer and researcher in early modern history at Swansea University. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of figuresp. xiii
Introductionp. i
Disease and mortality in early modern Wales
Disease and Welsh societyp. 17
Medical knowledge in early modern Wales
The Welsh body and popular medical culturep. 29
The spread of medical information: medicine, and oral and print culturep. 57
An economy of knowledge: social networks and the spread of medical informationp. 86
Domestic sickness and care in the Welsh home
Care and the Welsh medical homep. 99
Sickness experience and the 'sick role'p. 121
Caring for the sickp. 141
'Neighbourliness' and the medical communityp. 171
Conclusionp. 197
Selection of Welsh disease terms with English translationsp. 205
Poor relief in Llanfyllin, showing payments made to parishioners in 1673 and 1674, and stated reasons for reliefp. 207
Select bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 237
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