Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic: Medical Narratives on the Early Modern English Stage

University of Delaware Press, 2007 - 197 Seiten
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By Shakespeare's time, the debate over legitimate medical practice had become vociferous and public. The powerful College of Physicians fought hard to discredit some and rein in others, but many resisted, denied, or ignored its authority. Dramatists did not fail to notice the turmoil, nor did they fail to comment on it - and no one commented more profoundly on stage than William Shakespeare. Going beyond the usual questions posed about Shakespeare and medicine, this study, which won the first Jay L. Halio Prize in Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies, explores Shakespeare's response to the early modern struggle for control of English medical practice. It does not rehearse the fundamentals of early modern medical thought such as the humoral system that have been more than adequately covered numerous times elsewhere. Instead, it undertakes a reading of popular English medical tracts in an effort to reconstruct the terms in which medical practitioners of all kinds were understood. injury were busy hearing such stories, and in a time of spectacular outbreaks of infectious disease, in a time of religious transition, and in a time of shifting modes of political power, such stories held especial fascination. Todd Pettigrew is an Associate Professor Cape Breton University.

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Cymbelines Question An Introduction
Art that God Allows Empirics
By Reason of His Place Physicians
Unaccustomed Drams and Unconstant Propositions Apothecaries and Beneficed Practitioners
Not So Base Surgeons
Virtue and Cunning Magical Healers
The Great Infamy of Physic A Conclusion
Bad Medicine

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