Cultural Approaches to the History of Medicine

Mediating Medicine in Early Modern and Modern Europe

  • Willem de Blécourt
  • Cornelie Usborne

About this book


A pioneering contribution to the cultural history of medicine exploring issues as diverse as dissection of the heart, childbirth, masturbation, animal care, hermaphrodites, orthopaedics, 'miracle' drugs, smallpox and sex advice in different European cultures from the 1600s to the present day. Each case study illustrates various roles of mediation; reconciling conflicting ideas in the medical encounter; as an instrument of domination, or conversely, of resistance. Roy Porter's brilliant foreword conveys the methodological significance as well as the pleasure of these essays.


Britain cultural history England Europe history history of medicine reform reformation seventeenth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Willem de Blécourt
    • 1
  • Cornelie Usborne
    • 2
  1. 1.Huizinga InstituteAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of Surrey RoehamptonLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51239-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-28759-4
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