Female barrenness, bodily access and aromatic treatments in seventeenth-century England

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Across the seventeenth century medical self-help manuals noted that aromatic substances were a suitable remedy for female barrenness.

The English Sweating Sickness

Royal 20 C.VII, f.78v

There were outbreaks of the sweating sickness in England in 1485, 1502, 1507, 1528 and 1551.

Victorian and Edwardian Sporting Values

It was understood that a boy’s mind might be overtaken, if care were not taken, by one or both of the twin temptations that the cloistered life of the public school could give rise to – masturbation and homosexuality, the two great unmentionables of the Victorian age.

"The lying'st knave in Christendom": The Development of Disability in the False Miracle of St. Alban's

What none of these studies have examined, however, is the performance of disability at the center of the St. Alban’s episode.

The Treatment of Disability in 19th and Early 20th Century Children's Literature

In many books, disability, where it occurs, and its cure are associated with character. Cure may result directly from a healthier attitude to life, often implying a voluntary relinquishment of the disabled role.

Changing Fortunes during the Fifteenth Century Recession

How far did the fifteenth-century recession change the relationship between landlords and tenants in Durham? There can be little doubt that this was a period of hardship for landowners.

"Be unto me as a precious ointment": Lady Grace Mildmay, Sixteenth-Century Female Practitioner

Lady Grace Mildmay’s manuscripts represent an unusual presentation of three interrelated areas of family, devotion, and medicine

University of York to host conference on English physician John Snow

The University of York is inviting the local community to join a special event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Snow.

The Medical Marketplace

Most earlier accounts of early modern medical practice had either focused on the notional three-part occupational hierarchy of physicians who advised, surgeons who operated and apothecaries who prepared drugs, or else were simply dominated by a concern with learned, ‘professional’ practitioners.

Hysteria and Femininity: A Tentative Investigation into a Victorian and Edwardian Myth

Based on the medical narratives of various hysterical women shown in fictional and operatic texts, it meticulously discusses Anglo-American feminist scholars and their French counterparts’ different responses to and interpretative strategies for the same texts, calling for the integration of these two perspectives——a meaningful fusion of humanity and philosophy, essentialisation and romanticisation in ultimately deconstructing the patriarchal myth.

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