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Healing words : the printed handbills of Early Modern London quacks

Author: Roberta Mullini
Publisher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang, [2015]
Series: Interkulturelle Begegnungen. Studien zum Literatur- und Kulturtransfer.
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During the English Restoration, London unlicensed health carers printed handbills as the easiest way to advertise their medical practices. In order to increase our awareness of irregular medical practitioners as a cultural phenomenon and examine their language, two collections of handbills have been transcribed. The study analyses the lexicon used to address readers, the traits of orality in written communication as  Read more...
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Mullini, Roberta.
Healing words
(DLC) 2015011607
(OCoLC)906027813
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roberta Mullini
ISBN: 9783653056990 3653056993
OCLC Number: 908686029
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Plates; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; A Note on Quotations and References; Preface; The Chapters; Acknowledgments; 1 The Historical Context; Selling Medicines in Early Modern Times; The English Situation; Sixteenth-Century Charlatans in Italy and England; Medicine in Seventeenth-Century London; Printing to Sell; Quacks' Handbills and Popular Medicine; 2 A Corpus-based Approach to the Language of Quacks; The Two British Library Collections; The Structure and the Format; The Handbills as a Corpus; Information from the Handbills; Booksellers and Coffeehouses. Stationers and OthersAddresses; Cures; Dosages and Prices; Other Types of Information; 3 Common Complaints in Corpora from the Medical Domain; Words for Poor Health Conditions; What the Londoners Suffered From; The Scurvy and the Pox; The Green Sickness; Melancholy: A Disease of the Well-Off?; Physicians about Melancholy; Concordances; Concordances of melancholy in EMEMT, "Materia medica"; Concordances of melancholy in the Handbills Corpus; 4 How Quacks Addressed their Audience; Harangues, Handbills, and Title Pages; Speaking and Writing; Axiological Communicative Markers. The Results from the ConcordancesHigh-frequency Words; Low-frequency Words; Orality in Harangues or Speeches; As if it were a Summary; Quacks to their Readers; The Use of Pronouns; How to Appear Pious and Charitable; A Question of Professionalism; 5 Quacks and the Media; Capitals, Italics, and Images; Fonts; Hands and Asterisks; Images and Decorations; John Russel, Professor of Physick; Venus and the French Pox; Print and Anti-Quack Satire; Waltho van Claturbank: A Labyrinth of Dates and Data; The Anti-Quack Medical Literature; The Parody of Quacks' Handbills; The Haines Case. 6 Three Case Studies: Men, Women, and a CourtierTwo Generations of Italian Irregular Practitioners; Medical Professional Language in the Winter Family; General Terms; Which Diseases and What Anatomy?; Targeting Women; "Ladies, Beauty is a Blessing of God" (C112f9[125]); "A most delicate Oyntment to anoint the Face" (551a32[24]); The Bendo Affair; "To ALL Gentlemen, Ladies, and others"; Conclusion; Appendixes; Appendix A; Transcription of C112f9[77]; Transcription of 551a32[112]; Transcription of C112f9[117]; Transcription of 551a32[139]; Appendix B. Topography of the Coffeehouses Mentioned in the HandbillsCoffeehouses Positioned in William Morgan's Map; Appendix C; List of the Volume Titles Utilized in Chapter 4 (Adapted from the ESTC); Appendix D; "The Harangue, or Quack Speech of T. Jones at York" (D.G., Harangues, pp. 19-22); Appendix E; "Pharmacopola Circumforaneus or The Horse Doctor's Harangue to the Credulous Mob" (from D.G. Harangues, pp. 13-19), and its 'Analogue' in The Character of a Quack-Doctor (1676); Bibliography; Primary Sources; Secondary Sources; Index.
Series Title: Interkulturelle Begegnungen. Studien zum Literatur- und Kulturtransfer.
Responsibility: Roberta Mullini.

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The book studies the language of Restoration London irregular medical practitioners emerging from their printed handbills. Findings consist of the pragmatic features of quacks' communication,  Read more...

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