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Medicine at the Courts of Europe

1500-1837, 1st Edition

Edited by Vivian Nutton


310 pages

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Originally published in 1990, Medicine at the Courts of Europe 1500-1837 is a collection of essays examining the whole range of medical activities in a variety of European courts, from Rome of the Borgias to the Russia of Catherine the Great. It documents the diverse influences of custom, wealth, religion and royal intervention, along with foreign innovation, popular literary satire and matters of litigation which so changed the face of court medicine over three centuries. By looking at court medical practitioners in such a wide chronological, geographic and thematic context, these essays provide many new insights for all those interested in the history of medicine, society and politics from the sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century.

Table of Contents

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List of Contributors


Introduction, Vivian Nutton

1. De Morbis Aulicis: on Disease Found at Court, Werner Friedrich Kümmel

2. Medicine at the Papal Court in the Sixteenth Century, Richard Palmer

3. The Court Physician and Paracelsianism, Hugh Trevor-Roper

4. Prince-Practitioning and the Direction of Medical Roles at the German Court: Maurice of Hesse-Kassel and his Physicians, Bruce T. Moran

5. The Literary Image of the Médicins du Roi in the Literature of the Grand Siècle, Laurence Brockliss

6. Court Physicians and State Regulation in Eighteenth Century Prussia: The Emergence of Medical Science and the Demystification of the Body, Johanna Geyer-Kordesch

7. Medicine at the Court of Catherine the Great of Russia, J.T. Alexander

8. The Mèdicins du Roi at the End of the Ancien Régime and in the French Revolution, Colin Jones

9. Medicine at the English Court, 1688-1837, W.F. Bynum


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: History of Medicine

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1926 and 1995, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medicine and history, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines the advancement of medicine throughout history from medicine in antiquity to advancements in science during the Victorian period, the set looks at the rise of the medical profession, how medical journals have adapted and contributed to modern medicine, midwifery and surgical practices, whilst also exploring medical history and advancements throughout the world. This set will be of particular interest to academics of history, medicine, sociology and anthropology respectively.

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HISTORY / General