With Words and Knives

With Words and Knives

Author: Lynda Payne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134770021

Category: History

Page: 194

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The practice of medicine in the days before the development of anaesthetics could often be a brutal and painful experience. Many procedures, especially those involving surgery, must have proved almost as distressing to the doctor as to the patient. Yet in order to cure, the medical practitioner was often required to inflict pain and the patient to endure it. Some level of detachment has always been required of the doctor and especially, of the surgeon. It is the construction of this detachment, or dispassion, in early modern England, with which this work is concerned. The book explores the idea of medical dispassion and shows how practitioners developed the intellectual, verbal and manual skill of being able to replace passion with equanimity and distance. As the skill of 'dispassion' became more widespread it was both enthusiastically promoted and vehemently attacked by scientific and literary writers throughout the early modern period. To explain why the practice was so controversial and aroused such furor, this study takes into account not only patterns of medical education and clinical practice but wider debates concerning social, philosophical and religious ideas.
With Words and Knives
Language: en
Pages: 194
Authors: Lynda Payne
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-02-11 - Publisher: Routledge

The practice of medicine in the days before the development of anaesthetics could often be a brutal and painful experience. Many procedures, especially those involving surgery, must have proved almost as distressing to the doctor as to the patient. Yet in order to cure, the medical practitioner was often required
Lucretian Thought in Late Stuart England: Debates about the Nature of the Soul
Language: en
Pages: 86
Authors: L. Linker
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-11-01 - Publisher: Springer

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The Afterlife of the Leiden Anatomical Collections
Language: en
Pages: 174
Authors: Hieke Huistra
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2018-11-02 - Publisher: Routledge

The Afterlife of the Leiden Anatomical Collections starts where most stories end: after death. It tells the story of thousands of body parts kept in bottles and boxes in nineteenth-century Leiden – a story featuring a struggling medical student, more than one disappointed anatomist, a monstrous child, and a glorious
Constructions of Cancer in Early Modern England
Language: en
Pages: 219
Authors: Alanna Skuse
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-11 - Publisher: Springer

This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama,
William Hunter's World
Language: en
Pages: 424
Authors: Nick Pearce
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-05 - Publisher: Routledge

Despite William Hunter's stature as one of the most important collectors and men of science of the eighteenth century, and the fact that his collection is the foundation of Scotland's oldest public museum, The Hunterian, until now there has been no comprehensive examination in a single volume of all his