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Managing Melancholy

In 1621 the scholar Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy. In this weighty tome Burton presented a medical discussion of the disease Melancholy (what would now cover a range of conditions including depression). The English translation of Lazare...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 17 Mar 2020

The Benefits of Juniper Berries

Today pubs and bars are filled to the brim with wondrous varieties of Gin. The spirit has been resurgent in recent years becoming the fashionable drink of discerning customers. Its varied flavours created through the use of different botanical blends...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 19 Feb 2020

30 Grains of a Dead Man’s Skull: Transcribing Folger MS V.b.38

By Amanda Pickett What is medicine like today? While the exact picture varies throughout the world, for me and many others, it is a process of expediency. Starting with a quick call to the nearby doctor’s office at my earliest … Continue...
From: emroc on 14 Oct 2019

Cooking in the Baumfylde Kitchen

By Keri Sanburn Behre, Portland State University I had the opportunity to lead a directed study for a graduating student last summer. The student had been interested in taking my early modern literature class focused on early modern women’s writing,...
From: emroc on 31 Jul 2019

Tudors, Tonics, and Sickly Stuarts: Talks and Signings

an image of t cover of Maladies and MedicineOur feature in iNews
From: Early Modern Medicine on 17 Oct 2018

Making and Consuming Perfume in Eighteenth-Century England

Dr William Tullett asks why manuscript recipes for perfumes were on the decline in the eighteenth century, and investigates the role of the senses in perfume making. A survey of the vast collection in the Wellcome library suggests that the presence...
From: The Recipes Project on 10 Apr 2018

Wellcome Collection: “Finding Lost Science in Early Modern Poetry”

Wellcome Collection, 22 November.We are hosting an afternoon workshop here at Wellcome Collection on ‘Finding Lost Science in Early Modern Poetry’. The workshop is free to attend and open to all. We would be delighted to see you there! To...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 22 Nov 2017

Lady Johanna’s Recipe: A Guest Post by Elizabeth St. John

Today, we welcome Elizabeth St.John, author of The Lady in the Tower, a novel set in the seventeenth century. Heads up, folks, Elizabeth will be giving an Author Talk at Lydiard House as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature on May 4th, 2017. ...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 24 Apr 2017

Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World 1400-175

Christ’s College, University of Cambridge Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April 2017Organized by Valentina Pugliano (Cambridge) and Nükhet Varlik (Rutgers-Newark)Generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Christ's College, CambridgeThis conference...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 3 Apr 2017

The Sharing of Medical Ideas and Information Among Early-Modern Practitioners

A Project Meeting to be held at the Edward Worth Library (1733), in association with UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in IrelandTuesday 2 August 2016, 2 p.m.-5.30 p. m.Free Admission – Booking EssentialVenue: The Boardroom, Dr Steevens’...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 2 Aug 2016

“A medicine to Clarifye the Eyesighte.”

By Monterey Hall In my previous post, I discussed Mistress Vernam and her contribution to Lady Frances Catchmay’s Booke of Medicins (  I had run across a single possible match for Mistress Vernam in the genealogical...
From: emroc on 7 Mar 2016

“Mistress Vernams Medicens”

By Monterey Hall Wellcome MS 184a, fol. 32r. Courtesy of the Wellcome Library. Inset within Lady Frances Catchmay’s Booke of Medicens (Wellcome MS 184a) is a group of recipes attributed to one Mistress Vernam. This individual contributed thirty-two...
From: emroc on 5 Jan 2016

Researching Medical Practitioners in Early Modern Ireland

In October 2013 I joined the team on the Early Modern Practitioners project as a relative newcomer to medical history. Since then I have enjoyed the opportunity to approach early modern Ireland from what is, for me, a new and rewarding direction. In my...
From: Early Modern Practitioners on 11 Nov 2014

The Prujean Chest at the Royal College of Physicians

Yesterday evening, following a good old research session at the National Archives at Kew, I attended a lecture at the Royal College of Physicians in London. The lecture, entitled, ‘Losing sight of Glory’: Six centuries of battlefield surgery,’...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 29 Oct 2014

The Agony and the Ecstacy: Hunting for 17th-century medics…with few sources!

At the moment I’m once again on the hunt for elusive Welsh practitioners in the early modern period. The idea is to try and build up a map of practice, not only in Wales, but across the whole of the country. Once this is done we should have a clearer...
From: Early Modern Practitioners on 24 Sep 2014

Landcape of Occupations Conference – University of Exeter, 8th and 9th April 2014

Occupational identity and the economic activity of individuals have seen growing attention from historians and historical geographers over the past thirty or forty years. While earlier generations of historians, including Postan and Tawney, addressed...
From: Early Modern Practitioners on 31 Jan 2014

A Cure for “The Kink”

Treatment for “chincough” or “the kink” might have included medicinals derived from works like this, an 11th-century copy of the “Herbarium of Pseudo-Apuleius” (4th century); Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Bodley 130, fol. 50v:...
From: Out of Time on 17 Dec 2013

1660′s London: Guest Post by Katherine Pym

Please welcome 17th-century historical fiction author Katherine Pym to The Seventeenth Century Lady! My work in progress (WIP) is titled The Barbers, a historical novel set in London 1663. Due to the current events of the 1660′s, my goal is to...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 10 Sep 2013

Menstruation & Female Bleeding in Seventeenth-Century England: Guest Post by Sara Read

Today we welcome Dr. Sara Read, whose book, Menstruation and the Female Body in Seventeenth-Century England is out today. I, for one, already have it on my wish list! So, please give a warm welcome to Sara, and enjoy the fascinating topic she brings...
From: The Seventeenth Century Lady on 4 Sep 2013

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