Physick and the family offers new insights into the early modern experience of illness, medicine and care, through a study of the medical history of seventeenth-century Wales. Withey draws upon an extensive body of largely unexplored source material, as well as a number of different approaches and methodologies, to make a significant contribution to many areas of debate in medical history. This innovative study will speak to anybody with an interest in the social history of the early modern period. How did people obtain and disseminate medical knowledge in early modern Britain? What was the impact of literacy? How was this further affected by a language barrier? How well equipped was the early modern household to prepare medicines? Likewise, who was responsible for caring for the sick, both in the home and the community? In addressing such questions, this book ranges across important themes such as literacy and language, the spread of medical knowledge, domestic medicine and the rural medical marketplace. Buy here - Physick and the Family: Health, Medicine and Care in Wales, 1600 - 1750 Using a wealth of sources from probate inventories to parish records, diaries to domestic remedy collections it recovers the hitherto neglected medical worldview of the 'ordinary' person. This book will appeal to a broad spectrum of academics and scholars both in medical history and in social history.
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