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- DescriptionThis investigation contributes to the existing scholarship on women and medicine in early modern Britain by examining the diagsis and treatment of female patients by male professional medical practitioners from 1590 to 1740. In order to obtain a clearer understanding of female illness and medicine during this period, this study examines ailments that were specific and unique to female patients as well as illnesses and conditions that afflicted both female and male patients. Through a qualitative and quantitative analysis of practitioners' records and patients' writings - such as casebooks, diaries and letters - an emphasis is placed on medical practice. Despite the prevalence of females amongst many physicians' casebooks and the existence of sex-based differences in the consultations, diagses and treatments of patients, there is evidence to indicate that either the health or the medical care of females was distinctly disadvantaged by the actions of male practitioners. Instead, the diagses and treatments of women were premised on a much deeper and more nuanced understanding of the female body than has previously been implied within the historiography. In turn, their awareness and appreciation of the unique features of female anatomy and physiology meant that male practitioners were sympathetic and accommodating to the needs of individual female patients during this pivotal period in British medicine.
- Author BiographyWendy D. Churchill is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. Her research and publications in the social history of medicine have focused on the themes of gender, race, and class in the context of early modern Britain and its empire.
- Author(s)Wendy D. Churchill
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication14/12/2012
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Series TitleThe History of Medicine in Context
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight712 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Series Edited byDr. Andrew Cunningham,Professor Ole Peter Grell
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