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Ill Composed: Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England

Olivia Weisser

Abstract

This book invites readers into the lives and imaginations of ordinary people and their experiences of illness in early modern England. Previous scholarship has revised our understanding of medicine in this period by revealing the significant ways patients structured medical care. Sufferers’ choices, actions, and words played a crucial role in determining healers’ diagnoses and treatments. However, much of that earlier work has overlooked how everyday lived experiences, such as gender relations and roles, shaped the medical encounter. Drawing on firsthand accounts of illness in letters and diar ... More

Keywords: illness, history of medicine, gender, religion, devotion, the body, early modern, England, patients

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300200706
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300200706.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivia Weisser, author
University of Massachusetts, Boston