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Ill Composed

Ill Composed

Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England

by Olivia Weisser
Paperback
Publication Date: 31/08/2016
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In the first in-depth study of how gender determined perceptions and experiences of illness in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century England, Olivia Weisser invites readers into the lives and imaginations of ordinary men and women. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including personal diaries, medical texts, and devotional literature, the author enters the sickrooms of a diverse sampling of early modern Britons. The resulting stories of sickness reveal how men and women of the era viewed and managed their health both similarly and differently, as well as the ways prevailing religious practices, medical knowledge, writing conventions, and everyday life created and supported those varying perceptions.
 
A unique cultural history of illness, Weisser's groundbreaking study bridges the fields of patient history and gender history. Based on the detailed examination of over fifty firsthand accounts, this fascinating volume offers unprecedented insight into what it was like to live, suffer, and inhabit a body more than three centuries ago.
ISBN:
9780300224306
9780300224306
Category:
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
31-08-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
230.8x146.2x20mm
Weight:
0.38kg

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