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The Mistaken Midwife

Midwives have been mentioned often on this blog. They were a central feature of many women’s birthing experiences in the early modern period. Their work, character and bodily condition have, at various points, all come under the scrutiny of their...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 13 Aug 2014

Nimble Fingers

The anonymously authored Aristotle’s Book of Problems (1710) presented its readers with a series of questions and answers about the body and the natural world.1Some of these questions are very familiar, ’why have some men curled hair,...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 29 Nov 2013

Perceptions of Pregnancy

Next summer myself and Dr Ciara Meehan will be hosting a conference on the perceptions of pregnancy from the medieval period to the modern at the University of Hertfordshire. Here is the call for papers and a link to the conference website: Perceptions...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 18 Oct 2013

The Blundells and Bloodletting

Dr Sara Read In the next part of our occasional series on early modern therapeutics, this week’s post looks at phlebotomy or bloodletting. As we’ve discussed before, blood was one of the four main bodily humours and early modern people saw keeping...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 9 Oct 2013

The Fertility of Foreigners

It is apparent when you read early modern medical treatises that there was a great concern that men and women could not get pregnant and bear children. In his treatise The diseases of women with child François Mauriceau remarked that I ‘admire...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 25 Sep 2013

Weight loss Wonders

Fad diets are  perhaps a modern concept, but if we look back to the seventeenth century we can find some pretty interesting weight loss remedies. As we have seen previously some medical writers felt that the shape of your belly had a lot to say about...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 11 Sep 2013

A very sympathetic husband

The Athenian Mercury published in the 1690s was the first ever Agony Column in England. It followed a format that remains today and should be familiar to everyone – people wrote in anonymous letters asking for information and advice on a range...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 4 Sep 2013

Birth, Infanticide and Midwifery

Dr Chris Langley Birth, Infanticide and Midwifery in early modern Scotland. The Church of Scotland was obsessed with sex. More accurately, ecclesiastical leaders in sixteenth and seventeenth century Scotland were alarmed by the loose morality of their...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 14 Aug 2013

Therapies: Pessaries a Solid Medicine

Dr Sara Read In the second of our occasional series on the kinds of therapeutic treatments that early modern medicine had to offer, we are going to look at the pessary. In 1583 Philip Barrough explained what a pessary was: Pessarie is a medicine which...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 7 Aug 2013

Beyond Birth

In keeping with the news of the birth of the new heir to the throne (or jumping on the bandwagon depending on how you view things) today’s post is just a very brief look at what the midwife Jane Sharp recommended for the post-post-partum care of...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 24 Jul 2013

Baby in the Bathwater

In his 1615 medical treatise Mikrokosmographia Helkiah Crooke wrote about the alarming possibility that women might be able to conceive without engaging in sexual activity. He explained that some other authors claimed that the ejaculation of the male...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 3 Jul 2013

Guest post: Curious Cupping

This post is hopefully the first in a series of posts that will look at some of the therapeutic treatments and medical practices used in early modern medicine. Dr Sara Read With the interest in the practice of cupping in the press recently caused by celebrities...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 19 Jun 2013

How many is too many?

Much of my research is focused on infertility and the problems early modern men and women had trying to have children. But alongside barrenness, impotence, and unfruitfulness, early modern medical literature also expressed concerns that people could be...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 12 Jun 2013

The Dangers of Dancing

This post comes out of one I wrote several months ago on The Hazards of Horse Riding. In that post I considered the tension between the necessity to ride a horse (to travel and for men to develop a manly body) and the health risks that this posed to the...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 4 Jun 2013

The Drying Smoke

Last week I looked at the controversy over the effects of coffee - was it an aphrodisiac or did it cause men to become impotent and infertile.  This is really a brief follow-up to that post to show that it was not only coffee that men and women worried...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 31 May 2013

Pain and Pearle Cordials

In a previous post I wrote about the ways in which early modern medical texts discussed miscarriage and the remedies they suggested in order to prevent this from happening. But as I hinted at, one of the issues with miscarriage was that, potentially,...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 17 Apr 2013

Inappropriate Intimacies

Seduction, Sex and Medical Practice I have recently been considering the relationship between male medical practitioners and female patients in the early modern period. Much work has been carried out by scholars on this very issue. Traditionally it was...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 3 Apr 2013

Sad and incommodious things

‘Sad and Incommodious things’: Miscarriage in Early Modern England. Before I started my current research project, I briefly explored how men and women in the early modern period responded to miscarriage. Perhaps unsurprisingly miscarriage...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 13 Mar 2013

Guest blog: What was Beauty?

Dr Sara Read This blog was inspired by reading the latest one by Jennifer (Beauty and the Pox) about how being ‘ugly’ might make you less susceptible to disease, and the link between beauty and sexual propriety. It begs the question about what was...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 6 Mar 2013

Beauty and the Pox

This blog post is really an addition to the Beautiful Healthy Bodies post from January. In that blog post I discussed the connections between physical appearance and disease. The blog started by discussing the connections between venereal disease, appearance...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 20 Feb 2013

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By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.